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Twickenham starting point for Essex team’s IPF Ruggerthon

09 April 2013

  • Fundraising for RFU Injured Players Foundation
  • Bishops to play 26 rugby matches in four days
RFU Injured Players Foundation

Twickenham Stadium is the starting point for a unique fundraising scheme that will involve a group of players from the Essex Bishops rugby union team travelling the country in support of the RFU Injured Players Foundation.

The Bishops may be a bit short on speed, but there is no matching them for stamina and ambition as they plan to play 26 matches in four days and raise £10,000 in the process.

Their Ruggerthon 2013 will begin on Twickenham’s hallowed turf on Thursday, April 11 as a curtain-raiser for the Commons & Lords v Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins’ XV that is also raising funds for the IPF.

From ‘HQ’ the Bishops will travel the length of the country raising awareness and funds, moving from Twickenham to Scotland and working their way back to Essex.

They are hoping rugby fans will turn up at the various venues to watch and throw some money in the buckets or, if getting to the centres proves too difficult, they will make donations via the justgiving.com/Ruggerthon website or by texting RUGG69 to 70070.

Joining the Ruggerthon will be IPF client, paralympian and former GB Wheelchair Rugby captain, Andy Barrow, who says of the Foundation: “The IPF really does make a difference to those seriously injured playing rugby.

“Without them paralympic sport would have been impossible for me and I’m delighted to join this bunch of rugby nuts on such a great event. I hope lots of people turn out in support.”

For more information on the IPF and organising an event, visit rfuipf.org.uk or check out www.essexbishops.com for information on the club.

The Ruggerthon 2013 itinerary is:

Thursday, April 11 – Twickenham Stadium: matches against Highlife XV, Empty Brains and AN Other

Friday, April 12 – 3rd Battalion Rifles, Redford Infantry barracks, Edinburgh: Rifle Battalion A XV, Rifle Battalion B XV, Edinburgh Northern Gents XV, Gents and Rifles XV; Carlisle RFC: Carlisle Vets XV, Carlisle Barbarians XV, Creighton RFC, Wigton RFC

Saturday, April 13 – Northwich RFC: Northwich Vets, Winnington Park Vets, Sale Vets, Isle of Man Ladies (touch); Burton on Trent RFC: Burton Vets A XV, Burton Vets B XV, Burton Metropolitan, Lichfield/England ladies (touch)

Sunday, April 14 – Rugby Lions RFC: HMP National Vets, Rugby Lions XV, AN Other; Old Brentwoods RFC: Old Brentwoods Vets, Basildon Vets, Old Brentwoods Vets, Wooden Spoon XV