- Anniversary dinner will celebrate England's 2003 Rugby World Cup heroes
- Gala will raise funds for Injured Players Foundation and Restart charity
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England Rugby World Cup winners will reunite for the first time since 2003 at a Gala Dinner on November 1, 2013 celebrating 10 years since the unforgettable Sydney final.
The 2003 squad and their management will gather at Battersea Evolution for an evening which will honour their achievements and raise money for two rugby charities – the Rugby Football Union’s Injured Players Foundation (IPF) and the Rugby Players Association’s Restart.
The Gala Dinner, organised by the RFU and RPA, kicks off a weekend of celebrations with England playing Australia the following day (Saturday, November 2) – the first of the QBE Internationals, in which England also take on Argentina (November 9) and New Zealand (November 16).
The only team to bring the Webb Ellis Trophy to the northern hemisphere, the England players of 2003 will share their memories with the guests in an exclusive evening of entertainment.
RFU Chief Executive, Ian Ritchie, said: “There are moments which define a sport and 2003 was one of those for rugby. The nation was inspired and united in support and celebration for the squad. As momentum builds towards Rugby World Cup 2015 hosted in England, and the opportunity to deliver another great participation legacy, this dinner is a wonderful occasion to celebrate the memorable tournament of 2003.”
CEO of The Rugby Players Association, Damian Hopley, said: "It will be fantastic to see the 2003 World Champions reunited for the weekend in support of some fantastic rugby causes. I know that the players are looking forward to seeing each other a decade on and reliving those golden moments. Given the array of great characters in the squad, I am sure the dinner will be an incredibly special occasion for everyone fortunate enough to join them on the evening.”
For more information and to book a table visit www.rfu.com/tenyearanniversary.