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Leonard to play in Matt Hampson Trust fund-raiser

30 April 2007

Jason Leonard, England's most-capped international, will come out of retirement on Sunday May 6 to help raise money for the Matt Hampson Trust.
 
Leonard, the former NEC Harlequins prop who played 114 times for England between 1990 and 2004, has agreed to play for a side raised by Andy Reed, the Labour MP for Loughborough, against Leicester club Birstall.
 
Reed, a former Westleigh and Chester player who now plays regularly for the Parliamentary Lions, is now president of Birstall and is using his President's Day to raise funds for Matt Hampson, the former Leicester Tigers and England Under-21 prop, who suffered a serious kneck injury two years ago.
 
Leonard is due to pack down alongside lex Murphy, the RFU Council member for Notts, Lincs & Derbyshire, in Reed's President's XV with Paul Farrely, the Labour MP for Newcastle-under-Lyme, who is also a member of the Parliamentary Lions rugby team, at scrum-half.
 
His Honour Judge Jeff Blackett, the RFU's disciplinary officer, has been named as a replacement for Reed's XV
 
"Of course I hope to repeat the success of last year when Alan Buzza stole the show in the centre with a couple of tries and the man of the match award," Reed said. "I try to pick a team to play running rugby. This year is no exception - except we are all a year older and can't really run very far or very fast anymore.
 
"Last year saw my team return to winning ways after letting Birstall sneak a rare win in the previous encounter."
 
All proceeds from the match and Andy Reed's President's Day will go to the Matt Hampson Trust. The day will begin with a car boot sale and will include a training camp for Under-11s run by Leicester Tigers at 11am, a veterans' match at 12.30pm and and the President's Match at 2.30pm.
 
"Without question Matt Hampson is an incredible young man," Reed said. "He is an inspiration and motivation to everyone who knows his story."
 
The games will be played at Birstall's Stonehill School ground.