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NZ's Paul brothers back Weston Park Hospital match

06 December 2012

  • South Yorkshire rugby community gets chance to support cancer hospital
  • Rugby legends get behind Christmas charity game

South Yorkshire rugby followers have an ideal opportunity to combine charitable support with seasonal rugby at Barnsley RUFC on Thursday, December 27 (4pm kick-off), when a Yorkshire Legends XV will meet a South Yorkshire Select XV in aid of Weston Park Cancer Hospital in Sheffield.

Three Yorkshire RFU Community Rugby Coaches, Andy Gilmore-Appleyard, Olly Dixon and John Dudley, have organised the event, with the Legends XV hopeful that they will have two international rugby legends in their ranks - Kiwi brothers Robbie and Henry Paul.

Weston Park Hospital is one of only four dedicated cancer hospitals in England and provides cancer treatment services for patients throughout the Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley, Doncaster, Worksop and Chesterfield areas. Increasingly treatment is being delivered in the community and at local hospitals under the guidance and expertise of Weston Park Hospital specialists.

The charity match is an opportunity not only to help raise much-needed funds for such a worthy cause, but also to raise awareness of the excellent work that Weston Park undertakes.

The South Yorkshire Select team, which will be captained by Barnsley player Andy Gilmore-Appleyard, will include players who play at South Yorkshire clubs or reside in the South Yorkshire area. The team will be coached on the day by Olly Dixon, who coaches Rotherham Clifton RUFC and the Yorkshire U15s, and Dave Francis, who is a North of England U16s coach.

The Yorkshire Legends XV will include players from across the county, many of whom have previously played professional rugby. They will be captained by John Dudley, who was a member of the Rotherham team that rose through the leagues to the Premiership and who now plays for Sheffield RUFC.

Lining up alongside Dudley will be brothers and rugby union and league legends, Robbie and Henry Paul, along with a whole host of local well-known rugby players.

Local sponsorship for the event comes from the XAMAX Clothing Company, who have agreed to provide full kits for both teams, and from GAP Scaffolding Services and Ideal Heating, while donations have been received for a raffle and after-match auction.

Mark Rogers of XAMAX Clothing Company said: “I was more than happy to get involved. This is a charity that is very close to my heart, having recently lost a family member to cancer.”

Admission is £5 for adults, £3 for OAPs/students and free for children under 16.