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RFU announces Twickenham Stadium Centenary Ambassadors

02 October 2009

  • England legends unveiled as centenary ambassadors
  • Beaumont, Andrew and Hignell speak of their greatest Twickenham moments

The RFU's Twickenham Stadium Centenary Ambassadors (from left to right) Dickie Jeeps, Lawrence Dallaglio, Alastair Hignell, Bill Beaumont and Rob Andrew

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Bill Beaumont , Rob Andrew, Dickie Jeeps and Lawrence Dallaglio were unveiled as the four Twickenham Stadium Centenary Ambassadors on Thursday, October 1, with Alastair Hignell adopting the role of honorary chairman.

The ambassadors will be attending many events and activities over the coming season to help the RFU commemorate 100 years of rugby at Twickenham.

The five were at the stadium to celebrate the launch and reflected on their greatest memories, most of which centred on the first time they trotted out on the famous pitch.

Former lock Beaumont, who captained England 21 times, said: “My favourite moment is the first time I played for England at Twickenham – that’s a special moment you don’t forget.

“But, probably, the game I remember best is when we beat Wales in the Grand Slam year of 1980, 9-8 and Dusty (Hare) kicked a goal in the last few minutes. It’s always a great privilege to play here at Twickenham, especially as an Englishman, this is where you want to play your rugby.”

Honorary chairman Hignell continued the theme and said: “The first time that you play here it is always very special. Also, when we beat France here 7-6 there was wave after wave of attacks and, I think, the feeling when you’ve survived, played well and seen off the opposition is always a memory to treasure.”

Andrew, who kicked England to three Grand Slams in his time wearing an England shirt, predictably chose one of his Grand Slam triumphs.

“In an England shirt it’s difficult, but, if I had to name one, it was probably the final whistle against France in 1991 when, as a team we won our first Grand Slam,” he said.

“When the final whistle eventually went we were hanging on 21-19 and that was a very special moment especially to win a Grand Slam here was amazing.

“I have two favourite memories, one, wasn’t actually to do with England. I was playing for Cambridge University against Oxford, in 1982 I think. It was the very first time I had come to play here and it was incredibly special.”