Land Rover recently revealed the Rugby World Cup 2015 Defender, a modified version of this iconic vehicle created especially to transport the Webb Ellis Cup on the 100-day Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour across the UK and Ireland.

The specially-modified 110 Defender was developed and built by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division at its headquarters in Oxford Road, Ryton, UK and was revealed at a special event at Tower Bridge in London where it emerged from a giant rugby ball, driven by Rugby World Cup 2003 winner, Lewis Moody.

The 8.2m high ball floated 25 miles up the River Thames from Tilbury Dock, passing iconic London landmarks such as the Thames Barrier and Canary Wharf along the way.

The focal point of the Rugby World Cup 2015 Defender is the bespoke Trophy cabinet to the rear of the vehicle.

A one-of-a-kind Rugby World Cup 2015 Defender App has been developed specifically for the purpose of controlling the high-specification technology within the Trophy cabinet – making sure that conditions are just right.

Lighting and the locking mechanism that secures the Webb Ellis Cup and a 40in Toshiba TD-E display are all controlled through the App on a 10in Toshiba Encore 2 tablet which acts as the interface.

Canon LEGRIA mini X camcorders have been embedded into the vehicle for the purposes of capturing the Trophy’s journey in full HD quality.

The climate control system is crucial to ensuring the Trophy is always the star and visible to fans throughout the Tour as it maintains a constant temperature within the cabinet to eliminate fogging and is aided by anti-glare security glass.

To add a touch of theatre, three different lighting modes have been incorporated, whilst the Toshiba screen will display a host of memorable moments from Rugby’s illustrious history.

The Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour in the UK and Ireland kicks off on June 10 and will culminate on September 18 at the Rugby World Cup 2015 Opening Ceremony at Twickenham Stadium.

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