Top personalities from the world of rugby, including Ronan O’ Gara, Geordan Murphy, Stephen Ferris, Paul O’Connell, Gordon D’Arcy, Mark Cueto and World Cup winner Mike Tindall will be at the RDS on Friday, March 17th as Irish heroes of yesteryear take on their English counterparts in a curtain-raiser to the Six Nations clash.
Following the passing of Anthony Foley in October, many of his former teammates and opponents have sought to pay tribute to one of the great servants of their game. By donning their boots and reigniting old flames with former foes, the annual Legends fixture offers them the opportunity to do so as only they know how.
Commenting at the launch of the game at the RDS, former Irish hooker Shane Byrne, said: “We started this fixture back in 2009 and it has grown every year, raising over £500,000 for charity. However, this time around it will take on added significance - Anthony played in this game before and I know that he would have loved another crack at the English. They have had the upper hand of late, but we have plenty of Irishmen waiting to take the fight to them for one last time in a green jersey!”
Andrew Challis, Gilbert Rugby Global Brand Manager added “Gilbert are delighted to continue our support of Legends Rugby in the annual Ireland vs England Legends fixture. This year’s version will surely be an emotional affair following the terribly sad passing of Anthony. Despite the sombre nature I am sure it will once again be a great occasion and one that, as part of the Global rugby family, Gilbert are privileged to support.”
Ireland Legends v England Legends will take place in the RDS on Friday 17th March with kick-off at 6pm; tickets are currently available on Ticketmaster from €10. The game will be followed by a post-match function in the RDS surrounds.
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