England Legends v Ireland Legends at London Irish Amateur RFC Saturday 9th April
A fascinating day’s Rugby and ‘Craic’ in prospect on Saturday when the Neil Murphy Benefit takes place. The many SportsNewsIreland Rugby followers in the United Kingdom will recall Neil Murphy’s great performances in the 1980’s for London Irish, mainly in the centre ,occasionally at full back.
An England v Ireland Legends match will be played at London Irish Amateurs’ Sunbury ground, The Avenue, on Saturday, April 9, in support of Neil, a former Exiles player sadly now disabled after he suffered a brain haemorrhage in 2007.
The Ireland side will be captained by former club captain, Ireland international and British Lion John O’Driscoll, who will be returning to play at Sunbury for the first time since departing in 1985.
Gates will open at 12 noon ahead of kick-off 4.15pm, after London Irish Amateur v Beckenham (ko 2.30pm) at The Avenue, Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex TW16 5EQ.
A match day programme & meal included is included in the £20 entry fee, with free entry for children aged 11 and under.
The day will also feature a buffet and drinks, a raffle, an auction and an Irish folk singer.
Some of the players scheduled to play in the Legends match include John O’Driscoll, Graham Birkett, Paul Kennedy, Mike Gibson, Paul Sidi, Rob Henderson, Mark Green, Richard Moon,Damian Cronin, and Nick Chesworth.
In tomorrow’s special Match programme, former Irish International, Lions and London Irish full back, Hugo McNeill pays this glowing tribute to Neil Murphy.