England to have victory parade in London ‘on Tuesday next week’ if they win the Rugby World Cup
- A victory parade will be held in London should England win the Rugby World Cup
- Eddie Jones’s men face South Africa in Saturday’s showpiece in Japan
- Tuesday, November 5 has been pencilled in as the most likely date for the event
- The parade would go through central London before ending at Trafalgar Square
A victory parade in central London is reportedly being organised for next week should England beat South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final on Saturday.
Talks between the RFU and the mayor of London’s office have been held with Tuesday, November 5 the likely date for the event.
Sadiq Khan has supported the plan that would see Eddie Jones’s men ride an open top bus through the streets of the capital before finishing in Trafalgar Square.
A victory parade is being held next week if England beat South Africa to win Rugby World Cup
A source close to the mayor told The Times: ‘We have held preliminary discussions with the RFU — they are seriously considering having an event if England do win the Rugby World Cup and that is something the mayor would strongly support.’
The event would mirror the celebrations held for Sir Clive Woodward’s World Cup winning side from 2003, after Jonny Wilkinson’s iconic drop kick in the dying seconds won it Down Under.
The 2003 World Cup winners started at Marble Arch before making their way through Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Circus before ending up at Trafalgar Square, where 750,000 fans celebrated with them along the way.
The event will be similar to the celebrations held for England’s 2003 World Cup-winning side
England captain Martin Johnson lifts Webb Ellis Cup as team make their way through London
Trafalgar Square is one of the areas controlled by the Greater London Authority, making it easier to plan for big events such as this.
While a victory parade is being lined up for England’s rugby stars should they win, there was no such event for England’s cricketers following their sensational win against New Zealand earlier this summer.
Eoin Morgan’s side instead celebrated inside The Oval the next day, while the idea of a victory parade was considered if England also won the Ashes.
However, plans were scrapped when Australia retained the Urn.