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bronze & brass
THE ROSE AND POPPY GATES / HARRY GRAY 2016 / THE ROSE AND POPPY GATES ARE DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF ALL RUGBY PLAYERS WHO HAVE SERVED AND DIED IN CONFLICTS AROUND THE WORLD. / ON THE GATES BRONZE ROSES – AS WORN BY GENERATIONS OF ENGLISH RUGBY INTERNATIONALS – GRADUALLY TRANSFORM INTO POPPIES, SYMBOLISING THE MOVE FROM PLAYER TO SOLDIER. / THERE ARE 15 LARGE ROSES ON EACH GATE, REPRESENTING THE RUGBY TEAM. THEY ARE MODELLED ON THOSE WORN BY THE GRAND SLAM WINNING ENGLAND TEAM OF 1914, WHO ALL VOLUNTEERED TO FIGHT FOR THEIR COUNTRY. / THE BRASS POPPIES AT THE TOP OF THE GATES ARE FORMED FROM GERMAN SHELL-CASINGS FIRED IN ACTION DURING THE 1914–1918 WAR. / THE GATES WERE UNVEILED IN APRIL 2016, AS PART OF THE RFU'S PROGRAMME OF EVENTS TO COMMEMORATE THE CENTENARY OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR.