No matter what happens over the course of the next few weeks Moseley Rugby Club will have a representative at the World Cup final - on the programme at least.

Even though it has been many years since the Birmingham outfit was a rich source of international stars, one of their players will be present at every game after the club was asked to provide models for the front cover.

They were approached by Oxfordshire-based company Cre8 Ltd, who had won the contract to design the official match programmes for the tournament, and invited the firm down to training.

Once there, Cre8 selected six players who, in July, were asked to attend a formal photo-shoot at a studio in Aston where they had their silhouettes immortalised and got their hands on the same Webb Ellis Trophy Martin Johnson raised four years ago.

As well has having something to dine out on for the rest of their lives, availability permitting, first team squad members Paul Arnold, James Rodwell, Neil Mason, Tom McIntosh, Eji Uzoigwe and Nathan Bressington will also be a given a set of programmes to keep. Bressington's image will appear on the World Cup final programme.

The National One outfit will also receive the enlarged images to hang in their Billesley Common clubhouse.

For second row forward Arnold it was a once in a lifetime opportunity. "It was hard work but it's something I can tell the kids about. Not many people can say they have lifted the Rugby World Cup," he said.

"I'd rather it had been on a field but to lift it in a little warehouse in Aston is pretty good too. It's something I'll never forget."

Cre8's creative director, Danny Lake, personally chose which players he wanted and began his search in the sport's top flight.

"We considered players from the Saracens and Wasps academies but felt their build was not quite right and because the photographer I use - Paul Broderick - is based up in Birmingham we went up to Moseley.

"We watched a training session, chose half a dozen or so and got back to the club with a list of the ones we wanted. Without being disrespectful there were a few that would not have looked good in silhouette.

"But the ones we chose were brilliant. They were with us for five hours and although they took the mick out of each other, they did everything we asked."

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