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Greenwood returns to the Home of England Rugby

11 November 2011

  • Greenwood will pull on his boots one last time for the Heroes Rugby Challenge
  • Adult tickets are available 2-for-1 and the full cost of the ticket goes to Help for Heroes
Will Greenwood with Private Derek Derenalagi

Photo: Matt Dickens onEdition

World Cup winner Will Greenwood will run out at Twickenham for one last time on December 3 for the Heroes Rugby Challenge.  The match aims to raise as much money as possible for Help for Heroes and every penny of every ticket sold goes to the charity.

Greenwood will join the likes of Lawrence Dallaglio and Jason Leonard, together with Welsh legend Ieuan Evans, who will manage the Northern Hemisphere XV against an all-star Southern Hemisphere XV side which will be overseen by Australian and All Black World Cup winners Michael Lynagh and Sean Fitzpatrick.

This year’s fixture, which will mark the tenth anniversary of Britain’s Armed Forces Operations in Afghanistan, promises to be an even bigger attraction to rugby fans than the first Heroes Rugby Challenge in 2008 when more than 52,000 spectators helped raise £1.46m for Help for Heroes.  With adult tickets now available 2-for-1, the aim of the Heroes Rugby Challenge and its international all-star cast is simple – to pack out Twickenham Stadium on December 3 and raise more than £1 million for Help for Heroes.

We need the public to get behind us – Greenwood

Will Greenwood on the attack for England in the Rugby World Cup 2003 

Photo: Getty

Greenwood, who retired from the professional game in 2006, played his rugby for Harlequins and Leicester Tigers and was part of England’s Rugby World Cup winning side in 2003. During this time he earned 55 England caps and toured with the British and Irish Lions three times. Since retiring, Greenwood has become a regular commentator for Sky Sports and ITV.

Lining up alongside Greenwood will be a host of players from the British Armed Forces as well as some of Rugby’s greatest players from around the world past and present including ex Ireland Internationals Malcolm O’Kelly and Alan Quinlan, former Springbok A J Venter and ex-England lock Danny Grewcock.

Greenwood said: "I am absolutely delighted to be part of the Heroes Rugby Challenge and the Northern Hemisphere side. It is a great opportunity to see some of the best rugby players in the world in action.

"But it’s also an opportunity for rugby fans to come together and show their support for the brave servicemen and women who serve our country in areas of conflict. To achieve this, we need the public to really get behind this game and show their support by buying a ticket and encouraging everyone they know to do the same."

Heroes Rugby Challenge supported by J.P.Morgan, Saturday, December 3, 2011 at Twickenham Stadium, kicks off at 16:30. Adult tickets are 2-for-1 via RFU.com and prices start at £30 and then £10 for under 16’s. For more info visit: www.heroesrugby.org.uk