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Legends Unite To Help Injured Players

Legends Unite To Help Injured Players

The Ireland v England 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.

Ireland are the hosts for the 2013 Ireland v England Legends clash at Donnybrook on Saturday (kick-off 7.30pm) – the night before the two countries meet in the RBS 6 Nations.

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.

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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 Legends aim to sell out this highly competitive clash with a capacity crowd at Donnybrook. The Irish will be challenging for the Stuart Mangan Memorial Cup, currently held by the English Legends who claimed the trophy at the Stoop last year.

Tickets start at €;10, concessions/students and children €;5, and are on sale from www.ticketmaster.ie, Spar Donnybrook and the Leinster Rugby Store.

A star-studded Ireland Legends squad has been named for the match, led by captain Shane Byrne. Trevor Brennan, Girvan Dempsey, Nick Popplewell, Malcolm O’Kelly, Mick Galwey and many other legends are due to see action on the pitch.

The England Legends team will be led by Martin Corry, with Jason Leonard, Lawrence Dallaglio, Kyran Bracken, Josh Lewsey and Austin Healy providing ample support.

Speaking ahead of the game, Irish skipper 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, this promises to be another fun-filled, memorable evening.

For more information, please visit www.irelandenglandlegends.com.

IRELAND LEGENDS Squad: Shane Byrne (capt), David Corkery, Jan Cunningham, Mel Deane, Girvan Dempsey, Len Dinneen, Chris Keane, Mick Galwey, Gary Halpin, Trevor Brennan, Nick Popplewell, James Topping, Liam Toland, John Kelly, Stan McDowell, Anthony Horgan, Simon Mason, Chris Saverimutto, Mick O’Driscoll, Stephen Keogh, Eddie Halvey, Frankie Sheahan, Jason Holland, Simon Keogh, Malcolm O’Kelly, Andy Dunne, Reggie Corrigan, Brian O’Meara.