England v Ireland Legends Charity Rugby Match
Before Ireland beat England to claim the Grand Slam in for 2018 in Twickenham Stadium on St. Patrick’s Day, an epic match was played between the England and Ireland Legends in the Twickenham Stoop on Friday 16th March for charity. The match ended 22 points apiece with both teams sharing the trophy.
The England Legends featured: Jason Leonard, Lewis Moody, Tom May, Mark Cueto, Iain Balshaw, Nick Easter, George Chuter, Kevin Yates, Shaun Perry, Chris Sheasby, Lee Mears, Paul Volley, Paul Sampson, Garath Archer and Ollie Smith.
The Ireland Legends featured: Shane Byrne, Tony Buckley, Gavin Duffy, David Corkery, Simon Keogh, James Downey, Isaac Boss, Andrew Dunne, Mike Ross, Mel Deane, Liam Toland, Paddy Johns, Gordon D’Arcy and Mal O’Kelly.
As one of the beneficiaries, the IRFU Charitable Trust would like to extend a massive thank you to the players and the organisers for creating such a fun and worthwhile event in aid of our seriously injured players.
Sportingclass, in partnership with Harvey Thorneycroft Ltd, managed the charity event between the England and Ireland Legends for the ninth year. Every year legends of the game volunteer to play free of charge to raise hugely valuable funds for charities. As well as the match, the family night of entertainment included pre-match curtain raisers between local rugby minis, half time entertainment and a live band and dancing post-match.
Andy Lee MD of Sportingclass and ex Saracens player says: “The emphasis has always been to raise as much funds for the charities as possible whilst ensuring we put on a really fantastic night of entertainment for all of those that come. The event would not take place without Validus RE, our loyal sponsors and partners and of course not without the amazing willingness of the players who travel from far afield to play.”