Friday, 4 March 2011

A grand day out...

A host of well known ageing southern hemisphere stars will be strutting their stuff for a very worthy cause at Old Deer Park, the home of London Welsh RFC, this Sunday (6th March).

Raising funds for the Queensland flood appeal and the victims of the Christchurch earthquake, the highlight of the day will undoubtedly be the match between an Australian XV and a Pacific Barbarians team, which kicks off at 3pm.

The Australian XV will be led by former Wallaby George Smith and will be coached by Hairsprays coach Scott Johnson and former Australia fly half and World Cup winner Michael Lynagh.

The Pacific Barbarians will be captained by former Barnstaple 2nd XV flanker Jerry Collins and is said to feature the likes of Filo Tiatia, Henry Paul, Mosese Raluni, Viliame Satala and Sililo Martens, as well as London Welsh and Tonga back row forward Epi Taione (aka Paddy Power). I see Tana Umaga is also on the list, although his presence would be remarkable given that he's supposed to be playing for the Chiefs at home to the Rebels tomorrow.

The charity day will also feature an Aussie Rules match, an Aussie beer tent, live music, an international touch rugby match, a tag rugby match between Queensland and New South Wales, a touch rugby tournament for kids and a Pacific village, including traditional music and food & drink.

All the action gets underway at Old Deer Park from 10:30am on Sunday. Tickets priced at £10. VIP tickets are available at £100 + VAT per person, which will include a buffet menu, table wine and reserved seats.

I can certainly think of worse ways to spend a Sunday. For further information email: or call 07501 067603.

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