Wasps 150th time capsule at World Rugby Hall of Fame

A sealed time capsule packed full of Wasps memorabilia has been handed over to the World Rugby Hall of Fame for future generations to discover.

The donation was made to mark Wasps’ 150th anniversary season ahead of the club’s 150th anniversary game against Bath on Sunday, 1 October (kick-off 3pm), where club legends will be in attendance.

Items placed inside the time capsule include a signed replica shirt, team photo, match day programme and a short letter from current Wasps chief executive Nick Eastwood.

A copy of Wasps’ 150th anniversary commemorative book is also being donated to the World Rugby Hall of Fame – the book is being launched to fans on Sunday, 1 October in Wasps’ club shop with Wasps legends also on hand to sign copies in the outdoor fan village.

The time capsule is now on display at the World Rugby Hall of Fame, which is located in the heart of Rugby town centre, with instructions for it to be opened in 150 years’ time when Wasps celebrate their 2167/68 anniversary season.

The handover of the time capsule also marks the beginning of the World Rugby Hall of Fame becoming a Wasps Community Partner, enabling Wasps fans to take advantage of special offers from the Hall of Fame via the club’s Buzz Points loyalty programme.

Nick Eastwood, chief executive at Wasps, said: “While this season enables us to reflect on the club’s proud history, we are now very much a Coventry and Warwickshire club and donating a time capsule to the World Rugby Hall of Fame allows us to look forward and celebrate that.

“The capsule comes with instructions for it to be opened at the beginning of Wasps’ season in the year 2167 when they celebrate their 300th anniversary.

“The capsule’s contents reflect the celebratory mood of our 150th anniversary and will enable future generations of rugby fans to see what the club was like in 2017 compared to their present day 150 years from now.

“The World Rugby Hall of Fame is a fitting place for the time capsule to sit. It is a fantastic asset for the local area – honouring players and administrators who have developed the game through exceptional achievements – so we are delighted to be working with them as an official partner.”

The World Rugby Hall of Fame is a collaboration between rugby union’s governing body, World Rugby, and Rugby Borough Council, and is located in the heart of Rugby town centre.

Cllr Michael Stokes, leader of Rugby Borough Council, added: “Wasps are an ambitious, forward looking club, but are rightly proud of their history and heritage, just as we are here at the birthplace of the game.

“We are pleased to be entering into this partnership that will see the World Rugby Hall of Fame promoted to fans throughout this historic 150
th anniversary season.”

Bill Beaumont, World Rugby Chairman said: “For any club to be celebrating its 150th anniversary is a remarkable achievement and a credit to the generations of players, supporters and administrators who have kept it going down through the years. So I congratulate Wasps for reaching this important milestone.

“The idea of installing a time capsule filled with Wasps memorabilia in the Hall of Fame is a great one and will no doubt add another interesting element to the interactive and immersive exhibition.

“As a locally based club, it is great to see this relationship between Wasps and the Hall of Fame developing and we urge Wasps supporters and all rugby fans in the region to head along to Rugby town where the game first started and visit this important site for the sport.”

Tickets for Wasps v Bath can be purchased from 
www.wasps.co.uk/tickets and start from £24 for adults, while under-10s go free in certain categories.

For more information about the World Rugby Hall of Fame, visit 
www.worldrugby.org/halloffame