Thursday, 26 February 2009

A date for the diary...

OK, for those of you in the London area, get your diaries out and note down the following date - Saturday 18th April, 1.00pm at Barn Elms - where my old club Barnes RFC will be hosting a match between Barnes Vets and a Legends XV to benefit former player and coach Neil Murphy.

Neil played and coached at Barnes in the late 80s and early 90s (slightly before my time at the club) having previously played first class rugby for Quins and London Irish. Sadly Neil suffered a brain haemorrhage in 2007 and now needs 24 hour care - hence the benefit match to raise much needed funds.

The Legends XV will include the likes of Jason Leonard, Neil Edwards, Peter Winterbottom, Mike Gibson, Rupert Moon, Huw Davies, Rob Lozowski, Simon Smith, David Trick, Simon Halliday and Hugo MacNeil. And apparently Brian Moore is scheduled to referee - so there'll be no crooked feeds at scrum time!!!

If that isn't enough to tempt you, the match will also be the swansong of legendary Barnes prop Michael “Rhino” Whitfield and there's a vicious rumour that yours truly might be making a cameo appearance.

Also planned are a marquee, bar, hog roast and "all sorts of bouncy castles and games for the kids" - entrance will be by programme only and will cost £20 per person (to include a pint and burger) with all kids under 16 getting in free. There are also various sponsorship and advertising opportunities available.

Check out the Barnes RFC website for further details, or contact Colette Murphy at: c-scott@btconnect.com.

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