Ex Pro Charity Rugby Team

The Rugby for Heroes charity rugby team brings together a group of ex-professional rugby players from both codes in support of our servicemen and women as they make the transition to civilian life. Those who have retired from professional rugby recognise the similarities in the challenges faced by our armed forces personnel at this difficult time and by uniting as a team for the charity, they combine their passion for the sport with their support of the military to raise awareness for our cause.

The team’s most recent fixture was in honour of all those rugby players who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the First World War. The Armistice100 Remembrance Rugby Match was part of a series of events led by Rugby for Heroes in partnership with The Royal British Legion this year as the nation came together to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. The match was fittingly played at Richmond Athletic Ground, home to two of the world’s oldest rugby clubs – London Scottish FC and Richmond FC – who together lost more than 160 men in the First World War. A Rugby for Heroes International XV took on the French Legends, captained by ex-France international and Biarritz and Wasps legend Serge Betsen on Sunday 11 November 2018 with the Rugby for Heroes team winning a huge enjoyable and tightly contested match 45-41.

Players representing Rugby for Heroes included charity patron Mike Tindall (Eng), charity ambassadors Justin Harrison (Aus), Thinus Delport (SA) and Keith Senior (GB), as well as a whole host of other ex-professionals such as Sean Long (GB), Olivier Azam (France) and Todd Clever (USA).

The match was tremendously well supported with a crowd in excess of 2,000 and huge thanks go to sponsors Ricoh and Rotary Watches for their support on the day.

Fixtures for 2019 will be announced soon.

If you would like to find out more about how you can get involved with the Rugby for Heroes charity rugby team, contact alan@rugbyforheroes.org.uk.