WATCH: United Rugby Championship trophy unveiled
The united rugby league (URC) revealed a digital replica of the trophy which will be awarded to the champions at the end of the final on Saturday 18 June.
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The unique piece of silverware is the result of a collaboration between award-winning Bath-based design agency, Questionand the exceptional know-how of the master goldsmiths of Thomas Lytecreators of the British & Irish Lions Series trophy, the Webb Ellis Cup, the FA Cup and the Ryder Cup.
With the URC Trophy in final production at the Thomas Lyte Workshop, URC has released a digitally created 3D visual of the trophy, named the Deploy.
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Early in the process, the URC contacted former coaches and players who had won the league to get their thoughts on what makes a great trophy. The points of attention of those who won it were: weight, height and ability to drink.
The bold outline of the Array is created by joining four U-shaped arms in a nod to the four regional shields while matching the URC’s arc logo. This creates eight sturdy handles and invites the trophy to be held by a group so that the message of teamwork is placed at the heart of celebrations on the pitch.
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Logos created to represent the Irish, Welsh, South African and Scottish-Italian shields are engraved on the arms, while the word “Champions” is engraved in different languages. The Array is capped at the top by a crown that appears to levitate above the rim of the trophy and will have a bespoke design that changes with each season.
Imaginative engineering also allows colored light to illuminate the center of the U-shaped arms and all the way to the top of the trophy to produce a glowing effect around the crown.
Finally, when the crown is removed, it reveals a center cutaway that allows URC champions to indulge in one of the sport’s most cherished traditions and truly savor the taste of victory.
NEXT ROUND OF UNITED RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP (URC) MATCHES:
FRIDAY APRIL 22
Stormers vs. Glasgow Warriors – 6:30 p.m.
Ulster v Munster – 8.35pm
Edinburgh vs. Zebre – 8:45 p.m.
SATURDAY APRIL 23
Bulls vs. Benetton – 2:00 p.m.
Dragons vs. Scarlets – 4:00 p.m.
Lions v Connacht – 4:05 p.m.
Sharks v Leinster – 6:15 p.m.
Cardiff Rugby v Ospreys – 6.15pm