- Grewcock is one of the Northern Hemisphere's big signings
- 'You wouldn't meet a nicer bloke off the field' - McGeechan
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With 69 England caps and two Lions tours to his name, Danny Grewcock, is one of the first big signings to be announced for the Northern Hemisphere XV who will take on a team from down under in the ‘Heroes Rugby Challenge’ at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 3, December.
After a near decade long Test career, Grewcock’s last international outing at Twickenham came in 2007 when England beat Italy 20-7 in the RBS 6 Nations; a winning sign-off which saw him end his career with a total of 40 appearances and an amazing 80% success rate at the ground.
Grewcock is best summed up by his former British & Irish Lions coach Ian McGeechan: “You wouldn't meet a nicer bloke off the field, but you wouldn't want to meet him on it! That’s what makes him the perfect rugby player.”
The 38-year-old has been kept on at Bath Rugby as Academy Director after retiring from playing at the end of last season.
The towering lock will be at the heart of a Northern Hemisphere XV which is being selected by two of his former England team mates, Lawrence Dallaglio and Jason Leonard, along with former Wales and Lions legend Ieuan Evans. The all-star Southern Hemisphere XV is being overseen by Australian and All Black World Cup winners Michael Lynagh and Sean Fitzpatrick.
This year’s fixture, which will mark the 10th anniversary of Britain’s Armed Forces Operations in Afghanistan, promises to be an even bigger attraction to rugby fans than the inaugural ‘Heroes Rugby Challenge’ in 2008, when more than 52,000 spectators helped raise £1.46m for the ‘Help for Heroes’ charity.
Really looking forward to being back at HQ - Grewcock
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The goal for Grewcock and the rest of the international cast who appear at Twickenham Stadium on 3 December is to raise another £1m+ for ‘Help for Heroes.’
“I’m absolutely delighted to be part of the Northern Hemisphere side and I’m really looking forward to being back at HQ again,” said Grewcock, who will also line-up with a host of players from the Armed Forces as well as star names from the world of rugby.
“The Heroes Rugby Challenge is a great opportunity to see some of rugby’s biggest and best names 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.
“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, Saturday 3 December 2011 at Twickenham Stadium, kicks off at 1630. Ticket prices start at £30 for adults, £10 for under 16’s, and are available through Ticketmaster www.ticketmaster.co.uk or by calling 0844 847 2492.