Some of the most celebrated names in rugby got together on a blustery Sunday afternoon to give a little back to the grass roots, in advance of the Rugby World Cup
On a windy and blustery day in Farnborough some of the world’s elite rugby players, past and present, assembled in Farborough for the game between the world’s smallest club, Racal Decca RFC and Croydon-Streatham Thirds. The aim, with the help of Land Rover, was to give a little bit back to grass roots of the game.
In the pre-match prep, Jonny Wilkinson shared duties with Puma legend Felipe Contepomi in cutting up oranges for the half-time team talk.
World Cup winner and current Leicester Tigers lock Brad Thorn was tasked with being the waterboy (wonder who had to tell him that was his job!) and fellow World Cup winner, and Springbok superstar Bryan Habana, put the jerseys carefully on pegs.
For Wallaby and Toulon star Matt Giteau, it was his job to pump up the balls, a job he jokingly said he’d only given up last year when good friend Wilkinson retired from the game.
Taking up the coaching duties was a man who knows a little bit about winning, Sir Clive Woodward, and he enlisted former England World Cup winner, Will Greenwood to pysch up the assembled team with former Scotland captain Kelly Brown in attendance. The players looked a little surprised at their celebrated guests, if we’re honest.
With the game underway, and some penalty kicking needed, Wilkinson was on hand to bring on the kicking tee on. He was impressed with the kicker, even though he joked, he’s sure he could’ve managed it with the wind…
Former Ireland wing Shane Horgan, was on had to add some comment to proceedings. ‘Rugby is not just about the World Cup, it’s about where rugby starts, where it lives and dies. It’s a pleasure to be a part of it.”