With lots of Rugby World Cup matches to catch up on oh and some cycling this is going to be a brief write up of an evening to raise funds for 2 great charities.
A little about the 2 men involved – Matt Hampson is a remarkable young man – I’ve lifted some information from his website and added a link – please go and find out more about him and the work of his Foundation.
Since his accident in 2005 during an England Under 21 rugby training session, Matt has battled hard to live as normal a life as possible. Paralysed from the neck down and breathing via the aid of a ventilator, it is testament to him that he decided to set up the Foundation so that others who have suffered similar catastrophic injuries through sport can receive support and assistance.
A little about Joost van der Westhuizen – taken from his website – again please follow the link to the J9 site to find out more about this brave man.
Joost van der Westhuizen is a former South African rugby union footballer who was the Springboks’ first choice scrum-half in the mid-to-late 1990s and early 2000s.
He was capped 89 times for the Springboks and scored 38 tries. He retired as the most capped Springbok of all time His career test try tally of 38 makes him the scrum-half with the most tries in Test Rugby. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest half-backs of all time, as evidenced by his presence in the 2007 induction class of the International Rugby Hall of Fame.
The match was great fun! With the England Legends finishing the game as victors! The Score was England Legends 57 World Legends 38. Dan Scarborough was awarded the Man of The Match Accolade – a decision that went down well as the game was held at Allianz Park, home of Saracens.
Tony Spreadbury was the man in charge on the pitch and was great! He kept referring to a non existent TMO for example, there was lots of laughter on the pitch which was great to see.
I would whole heartedly recommend going along to a game involving some of our retired players – they are without fail in a great cause and there are always flashes of brilliance.
For me the evening was a chance to not only catch up with Saracens friends but also some of my fellow Rose Army members – it was great to see Richard Stock playing in the game – what a thrill for a club rugby man to play with legends of the game!
- Cost of Ticket £20.00