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Mud and Glory

Getty Images Gallery celebrates ten years of the rugby world cup with the ‘Mud and Glory’ exhibition. A unique exhibition curated by Sir Clive Woodward OBE, featuring iconic moments from rugby around the world.

The passion and physicality of rugby is celebrated in a new exhibition at the Getty Images Gallery in London, which will run from 26 September – 24 October 2007. The exhibition, aptly named ‘Mud and Glory’, is curated by Sir Clive Woodward, OBE, who famously coached the England team to victory in the 2003 Rugby World Cup. It defines the essence of the sport, both amateur and professional, putting rugby heroes from past and present in the spotlight.

Using photographs from the extensive collection at Getty Images, the exhibition shows the many aspects of the game from England’s heroic 2003 victory to Fijian children playing under palm trees. Legends such as Jonah Lomu in full flight and a muddy William Wavell Wakefield take their place amongst amateur players, all of whom play the game with the same amount of vigour.

With 21 England caps and coach of the victorious 2003 side, Sir Clive used his vast experience of the game to select the images for the show. Relishing the challenge he says: “The exhibition truly captures the essence of the game and shows why people have taken rugby into their hearts for over 150 years. Inevitably I was drawn to the coaching images but this collection is definitely going to appeal to rugby fanatics and sports enthusiasts alike and is not to be missed!”

Louise Garczewska, Director of the Getty Images Gallery adds, “The 2003 victory brought rugby onto the front pages of our newspapers and made household names of the players. We are delighted to celebrate ten years of the Rugby Union World Cup with this stunning exhibition which includes both unseen historical material and contemporary sports photography from Getty Images’ award-winning photographers.”

The ‘Year of the Rose’ book, which Sir Clive contributed to, will also be on show at the exhibition. This beautifully presented, collectable book includes the views, opinions and insights of Sir Clive, Jonny Wilkinson, Martin Johnson and Lawrence Dallaglio on their journey to World Cup victory in 2003. Over 600 images are included in the book which is the ultimate memento for every rugby fan.

Dating from 1983 to present day, each pair of glasses is representative of the engineering perfection required for Tour success. Lance Armstrong understands that more than most. On show alongside his gold Oakley M-Frame glasses will be the actual yellow jersey he wore during the first of his seven consecutive Tour victories in 1999 and an exact replica of his Trek 6.9 SSL race bike.