Rugby legends battle on behalf of World War Two heroes

On Saturday 14 October 2017 there will be a rugby match like no other as some of the world’s greatest rugby legends battle it out to raise funds to enable World War Two heroes to make a special trip of remembrance. 

Remembrance Travel

Organised by Remembrance Travel, the travel arm of the Royal British Legion, The Legends will help raise much-needed funds to send World War Two veterans on a journey of remembrance to Monte Cassino.  Remembrance Travel was awarded significant Libor funding to take Normandy veterans back to the beaches from the Treasury, but this does not cover those who served in Italy. The veterans will be accompanied by a relative, carer and medical staff. 

 
Ex England, Wales, South Africa, Wasps and Harlequins’ players have signed up including the magical former Wales Captain Colin Charvis, Ireland International, Simon Keogh, England International player Howard Graham and British sprint athlete Jamie Baulch. The Legends will play against a team of skilled, amateur players representing the Legionnaires. There will be a further match on the day between the Barbarians City League and the Combined Services. 

A day to remember

Colin Charvis (pictured) said: “We are going to give this our all and make it a day to remember. This is such a worthwhile cause. It is good to give something back to brave servicemen who helped bring an end to World War Two. These brave veterans fought in horrendous conditions and wish to return to Italy to honour their fallen comrades”.  
 
Most of the veterans who fought at Monte Cassino are in their nineties. This is their opportunity to return to a battle scene that changed their young lives. They fought on the historic Monte Cassino hilltop on exposed slopes, coming under heavy artillery fire in severe conditions.  Paul Smith, Team Captain, Legionnaires said: “We may be playing against some of the best in the business but we are determined to beat them. After all we have the honour of the Royal British Legion at stake.” 
 
The teams are brought together by Howard Graham, former Harlequins player and Academy Head Coach and Antony Brentnall, Managing Director, Developmenta, Executive Coaching, Facilitator and Development. The Rugby Match and Gala Dinner are supported by Wates Construction and A E Arma Elektropanc.