Press Release / 17th July 2018
The centenary of the signing of the First World War Armistice, and the role played by international rugby players from across the allied forces, will be commemorated through three events in aid of Rugby for Heroes and The Royal British Legion. The series of events, which will be known as the Armistice 100 Trilogy, consists of a bike ride and rugby match, remembrance dinner and remembrance rugby match. The events aim to raise awareness of the ongoing challenges faced by service personnel in their transition to civilian life, and the part the rugby community can play in supporting this.
A 300-mile bike ride scheduled for the 29th to 31st August will see an elite team of cyclists ride from Twickenham Stadium to Compiegne, the site of the First World War Armistice. The ride will culminate in a ceremony at the Armistice site on 1st September followed by a rugby match at Compiegne RC between a Rugby for Heroes XV and a Compiegne XV.
“The Armistice 100 Bike Ride & Match will join the rugby and forces communities together and allow us as members of the rugby community to honour those who shared our passion for the game and who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the First World War. It will be a privilege to ride alongside some of our nation’s heroes as we pay our respects in this important anniversary year” – Mike Tindall MBE, Patron of Rugby for Heroes.
The launch at Twickenham’s World Rugby Museum was attended by Rugby for Heroes’ patron Mike Tindall and ex-France international Serge Betsen. Tindall and Betsen were joined by service personnel who will take part in the Armistice 100 Bike Ride & Match, together with vehicle partner Mitsubishi Motors in the UK who will be providing support vehicles for the ride, and our charity partner for the Armistice 100 Trilogy, The Royal British Legion.
“We are proud to be a part of Rugby For Heroes Armistice 100 Trilogy. Sport and The Royal British Legion have a huge amount in common, from overcoming adversity and encouraging respect, to providing a community of brothers and sisters that transcends rank, role and service. This is an important year as we mark the final year of the World War One centenary. We are inviting the public to take part in a movement to say ‘Thank You’ to the First World War generation who served, sacrificed and changed our world. The money raised from these events will allow The Legion to continue to provide lifelong support to the Armed Forces Community and we are grateful for the support of Rugby for Heroes.” – Catherine Davies, Head of Remembrance at The Royal British Legion.
Post-ride, the Armistice 100 Remembrance Dinner will take place on 8th November and will be hosted by charity ambassador Nick Knowles who states – “I’m excited and honoured to be part of the Rugby for Heroes Armistice celebrations and commemoration, remembering those from the rugby family who laid down their lives for our freedom.” The fundraising reception and dinner will be held at Twickenham Stadium and will be attended by both ex-professional rugby players and celebrities. The final event of the Armistice 100 Trilogy will take place over Remembrance weekend in November where a Rugby for Heroes International XV will take on a French Legends XV in a commemorative fundraising rugby match.