Second legends match planned
June 8, 2011
Lawrence Dallaglio will manage a northern hemisphere XV © Getty Images
England Rugby World Cup winners Lawrence Dallaglio and Jason Leonard, along with Wales' Ieuan Evans, will manage a Help for Heroes northern hemisphere XV against their southern counterpaqrts in a 'Heroes Rugby Challenge' at Twickenham in December.
Michael Lynagh and Sean Fitzpatrick, World Cup winners with the Wallabies and All Blacks respectively, will coach the southern hemisphere side in a repeat of the first challenge match, which took place in 2008.
The original game saw 52,000 supporters pass through the gates of Twickenham, raising £1.46m in the process, and organisers are hoping for an even bigger turn-out this time round.
The teams will consist of a selection of players drawn from the northern and southern hemisphere game along with an assortment of the best Armed Forces and academy players.
"Over the past months I have received increasing numbers of requests to stage a second Help for Heroes match to follow the success of the 2008 match," said Jeff Blackett, chairman of the Heroes Rugby Challenge Committee.
"Although we live in a different economic and social environment three years on, I have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of Help for Heroes, Simon Halliday, Lawrence Dallaglio, Jason Leonard and Ieuan Evans. They were all cornerstones of 2008 and together we are determined to repeat the success.
"There is a long history and empathy between rugby and our Armed Forces and we hope the public will respond by coming to watch a top class match between the hemispheres at the same time as showing their support for our service men and women."
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