As previously advised, we are once again going to host the London dinner to coincide with the Ireland vs England rugby fixture. In this way we hope to catch all past men that are going to the game, be they resident on the mainland or part of the travelling support from Ireland. With that and the many past men resident in the greater London region, we're aiming to have one very good night.
An appreciation or like for rugby is not a requirement to attend, for this is after all a past man dinner and so that is the central focus. The rugby, being of legends variety is an incidental side show. This is a social evening which we hope will be the precursor of the formal re-instatement of the GB Union branch.
For the purposes of our dinner, the Union has taken a box at this event, the Leonard Suite, and are offering a package to pastmen to include: match ticket, two course dinner with wine and free bar thereafter.
All this for the princely sum of £50 per head, so come on down to The Stoop and reconnect with some old friends. The invitation extends to partners, friends and guests of past men. The gates open at 5.30 and dinner will be served at 6.30pm sharp as the match itself kicks off at 7.30pm.
|Date & Time
||Friday 16th March 2012, gates open for pre-dinner drinks at 5:30pm, meal 6:30pm with match KO at 7:30pm
||Leonard Suite Executive Box, The Stoop, Twickenham - ENGLAND V IRELAND
||£50 per person all in, including match ticket, executive box, two course meal, wine & a free bar.
||Online or via Rita at Union Office
ENGLAND V IRELAND LEGENDS: THE STOOP; FRIDAY 16TH MARCH 2012; KICK OFF 7.30PM.
The England - Ireland Rugby Legends series continues to tempt some of the greatest retired players to put their boots back on, face up to old rivals and raise invaluable funds for their teams' nominated charities.
England will be hosts for the 2012 England V Ireland Legends clash at The Stoop. This St Patrick's weekend fixture is played the night before the two countries meet in the Six Nations at Twickenham. The money raised from the match will be donated to the IRFU Charitable Trust in Ireland and to the RFU Injured Players Foundation and RPA Benevolent Fund in England. The three charities raise money to help deal with life threatening injuries for both professional and amateur players within the sport.
Following a crowd of 11,000 in the last home game, the Legends will aim to sell out this highly competitive clash with a capacity crowd of 14,000 at The Stoop. The Irish will be challenging for The Stuart Mangan Memorial Cup, currently held by the English Legends who reclaimed the trophy at Donnybrook in 2011.
England's team will be led by former captain and British and Irish Lion Martin Corry. Martin is joined by several members of the England 2003 World Cup winning team including, Jason Leonard, most notably England's most capped player, Josh Lewsey, Kyran Bracken and Dan Luger. Other heroes include Austin Healey and Mark Regan. Completing the team sheet are internationals, Darren Garforth, Tim Stimpson, Matt Perry and Garath Archer- all subject to availability.
Ireland's team will be led by Ireland and British and Irish Lion Shane Byrne, previously Leinster's most capped player. His team will include such Irish legends as Nick Popplewell, Rob Henderson, Mick Galway, Mal O'Kelly, Eric Miller and Girvan Dempsey. Other legends also in attendance will be Justin Bishop, Simon Easterby, Jonathan Bell, Kieron Dawson, Richard Wallace, Paddy Johns and Anthony Foley - all subject to availability.