Some of the greatest rugby players from around the world will line up at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 3 December 2011 for the ‘Heroes Rugby Challenge’.
The match aims to raise a substantial sum of money for Help for Heroes, the charity which provides practical support for wounded service men and women.
England World Cup winners, Lawrence Dallaglio and Jason Leonard, together with Welsh legend, Ieuan Evans, will manage the H4H Northern Hemisphere XV against an all-star Southern Hemisphere XV side which will be overseen by Australian and All Black World Cup winners Michael Lynagh and Sean Fitzpatrick. The two teams will comprise of players selected from the northern and southern hemisphere professional game and the best players from the Armed Forces.
This year’s fixture, which will mark the tenth anniversary of Britain’s Armed Forces Operations in Afghanistan, promises to be an even bigger attraction than the first Help for Heroes match in 2008 when over 52,000 spectators helped raise £1.46m for Help for Heroes.
“The aim of the Heroes Rugby Challenge is simple – to pack out Twickenham Stadium on 3rd December and raise more than £1 million for Help for Heroes in the process,” said Jason Leonard. “To achieve this, we need the public to really get behind this game and show their support by buying a ticket and encouraging everyone they know to do the same.”
Jeff Blackett, Chairman of the Heroes Rugby Challenge, added: “The Heroes Rugby Challenge is a great opportunity to see some of the best rugby players in the world in action. But it’s also an opportunity for rugby fans to come together and show their support for the brave servicemen and women who serve our country in areas of conflict. Life changing injuries are an inevitable but very sad fact of war and it is essential that those who are hurt are given the best possible care and rehabilitation. Every penny raised from the Heroes Rugby Challenge will help provide even better facilities and care for injured troops.”
Heroes Rugby Challenge, supported by J.P. Morgan, Saturday 3 December 2011 at Twickenham Stadium, kicks off at 1630. Ticket prices start at £30 for adults, £10 for under 16’s, and are available through www.ticketmaster.co.uk or by calling 0844 847 2492.