On the evening of Friday 16 March at 7.45pm the Ireland v England Legends Charity Match takes place at The Twickenham Stoop.
Taking place on the eve of the RBS 6 Nations clash between England and Ireland, and with the teams playing for the Stuart Mangan Memorial Cup, the Legends Charity Match will provide the perfect opener to the final weekend of the RBS 6 Nations Championship.
The match is being played to raise funds for those seriously injured playing rugby. The charities benefiting include the IRFU Charitable Trust, the RFU Injured Players Foundation and the RPA Benevolent Fund.
The game will see some of the big names of Irish and English rugby go head-to-head one more time. Ireland will be hoping to reclaim the Stuart Mangan Memorial Cup with Shane Byrne leading a star-studded team including Mick Galway, Eric Miller, Malcolm O’Kelly, Nick Popplewell, Justin Bishop, Kieron Dawson and Anthony Foley.
Following his starring role in 2010 Jason Robinson returns to the English team alongside captain Martin Corry, Jason Leonard, Austin Healey, Mark Regan, Richard Cockerill, Andy Gomersall and Tim Stimpson.
The Legends game was conceived to raise money for Stuart Mangan. Stuart, from Cork, was paralysed from the high neck down (C1 complete) following a rugby accident whilst playing for Hammersmith & Fulham RFC in April 2008. Stuart required 24-hour medical care for his every basic need and so The Stuart Mangan Appeal was launched to fundraise. Patrons of The Stuart Mangan Appeal included Keith Wood, Ronan O'Gara and Jason Leonard.
Stuart sadly passed away in August 2009 having contracted pneumonia, but his family has decided to continue supporting the Legends game in order to raise necessary funds to support other injured players via the IRFU Charitable Trust, the RFU Injured Players Foundation, the RPA Benevolent Fund.
After the game there will be bands playing in the main bar with plenty of food and drinks to be had so fans can make a night of it!
Tickets can be purchased (Adult Tickets £10, Kids £5) by visiting the official website at www.englandirelandlegends.co.uk. Fans will also be able to pay at the gate for what promises to be another fun fuelled memorable evening at The Stoop.
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