Tickets are on sale now for the Ireland Legends v England legends game at Donnybrook in February. Shane Byrne, Malcolm O’Kelly and Girvan Dempsey were at the Aviva Stadium today to launch the game and unveil some big names for the clash in aid of seriously injured players.
The Legends Charity game is set to be a highly competitive clash with a capacity crowd expected at Donnybrook to compete for the Stuart Mangan Memorial Cup, currently held by the English Legends who claimed the trophy at the Stoop this year and raised over 37,000 pounds on the night.
The Legends games continue 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.
The money raised from the match will be donated to the IRFU Charitable Trust 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.
To date, over €;300,000 has been raised through the Legends series of games.
The Ireland team will be led by former Ireland and Lions hooker Shane Byrne and the side will include such Irish legends as David Wallace, Nick Popplewell, Trevor Brennan, Mick Galwey, Malcolm O’Kelly, Eric Miller and Girvan Dempsey.
They will face an England team that will also be led by a former Lion, Martin Corry, and includes Lawrence Dallaglio, Kyran Bracken, Austin Healey, Jason Leonard and Josh Lewsey.
The game kicks off at 7.30pm on Saturday, February 9 with tickets for the game priced at €;10 for adults and €;5 concessions. Tickets are now on sale from ticketmaster.ie.
Looking forward to the game, Ireland Legends captain Shane Byrne said: “All the boys are looking forward to our return game and we are hoping for a capacity crowd at Donnybrook to watch us get our boots back on.
“As you can imagine we are in full training in anticipation of reclaiming the Stuart Mangan Cup, well certainly in full training for the post-match celebrations!
“To relive our younger days, have the opportunity to play old rivals and to be able to do so in aid of charities that allow all of us to give back to the rugby community is a great privilege and one which we hope you will share and enjoy…See you there!”
With generous team sponsorship from reinsurance group Validus Re, www.validusre.bm, this promises to be another memorable evening.
Further information is available from www.irelandenglandlegends.com.
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