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The World's smallest handmade 24-carat Gold Webb Ellis Rugby World Cup Micro-Sculpture

Updated: Sep 18, 2023

In a world where creativity knows no bounds, I am thrilled to showcase my microscopic masterpiece of the world's tiniest hand-carved 24-carat gold microscopic interpretation of the Webb Ellis Rugby World Cup. I created the microscopic masterpiece as a homage to one of the world's toughest games, to celebrate the opening of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the fascinating controversial history of the origins of Rugby. The story goes that in 1823, the youngster was playing football at School in Warwickshire but instead of kicking the ball he caught it and decided to run with it, creating the game as we know it. While it may be a nice idea, however, the story has been heavily disputed.

Webb Ellis Rugby World Cup
The world's smallest Webb Ellis Rugby World Cup in the Eye of a Needle

Creating this one-of-a-kind micro-sculpture of the Webb Ellis Rugby World Cup took me approximately five weeks of painstaking craftsmanship and demanded many hours dedicated to perfecting the minutest details. My trusted tool in this remarkable journey is the Nikon SMZ 18 stereo microscope, a technological marvel that provides me with essential visual feedback as I shape these diminutive masterpieces. This extraordinary microscope, with its enhanced working distance, grants me the space needed to manipulate my artwork with precision.

Dr Willard Wigan MBE
Dr Willard Wigan MBE looking through the Eye of a Needle

My journey has been marked by accolades, including two Guinness World Records, an MBE, and an honorary doctorate - a testament to the profound impact of my contributions to the world of art and sculpture. With each piece I create, I aspire to ignite the flames of joy and wonder in those who behold them.

My micro-sculptures continue to captivate both art enthusiasts and scientists alike. The mystery of how I produce these minuscule masterpieces on a microscopic scale remains unsolved. I've had the privilege of showcasing my creations on a global stage, collaborating with luminaries from the realms of celebrity, watchmaking, jewellery, and the arts.

The Webb Ellis Rugby World Cup Micro-Sculpture stands alone as a singular work of art, perfect for collectors seeking the truly unique. If you wish to make this extraordinary piece your own, please send enquiries to Don't miss the opportunity to own a piece of artistry that defies the limits of the possible.

Webb Ellis Rugby World Cup in the Eye of a Needle
The world's smallest micro sculpture of the Webb Ellis Rugby World Cup in the Eye of a Needle


The Rugby World Cup players are the embodiment of unwavering dedication and passion, transcending boundaries to compete at the pinnacle of their sport. Let's delve into their FAAIR world:

Focus: These athletes epitomise unwavering concentration. Their focus isn't just on the game itself but also on the countless hours of practice, strategy analysis, and physical conditioning. The world watches as they laser in on their goals, honing their skills to perfection.

Ambition: The ambition of Rugby World Cup players knows no bounds. They aspire to victory, not just for themselves but for their nation. The coveted Webb Ellis Cup becomes the beacon of their dreams, and they strive relentlessly to reach it. Their ambition is infectious, inspiring fans and teammates alike.

Awe: The players inspire awe through their sheer athleticism and prowess on the field. They perform breathtaking feats, pushing their bodies to the limit in pursuit of the game's ultimate glory. Their speed, power, and agility leave spectators and rivals in awe, reminding us of the limitless potential of the human body.

Inspiration: These rugby stars are beacons of inspiration, not just for aspiring players but for all of us. Their journey to the World Cup is marked by trials, tribulations, and triumphs. Their stories of perseverance and resilience inspire us to chase our own dreams with unwavering determination.

Resilience: Perhaps the most defining trait of Rugby World Cup players is their resilience. They endure injuries, defeats, and setbacks, emerging stronger and more determined each time. They remind us that resilience is not the absence of adversity but the courage to confront it head-on and keep moving forward.

In the world of rugby, these players are more than just athletes; they are symbols of human potential and the embodiment of sportsmanship. Their focus, ambition, awe-inspiring performances, unrelenting inspiration, and unbreakable resilience make them true champions on and off the field. They remind us that greatness is achieved through unwavering commitment to one's passion and purpose.

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