National Express pitches up to make ‘legendary’ shirt handover
Driver Graham Lunn with England Legends Manager Jason Leonard
National Express has pitched up to ceremonially handover the England v Wales Rugby Legends match shirt to England team manager and rugby legend Jason Leonard ahead of the fixture later this month (Thursday, September 24).
Sponsor National Express gave coach driver Graham Lunn the honour of handing the shirt to manager and president of the Rugby Football Union Jason Leonard at the Twickenham Stoop grounds where the match will be played (on Thursday, September 24).
Graham, 56, from Egham in Surrey, who drives National Express services to Heathrow Airport, was glowing with pride as he made the presentation and said he was very excited and a bit over-awed to meet the 2003 Rugby World Cup winner, who is also England’s most capped player.
Kicking-off at 6.35pm and broadcast live on SKY TV, the epic showdown boasts star-studded former internationals and anticipation on both sides is high.
England Legends players include Mike Tindall, Iain Balshaw, and Lewis Moody, while the Wales Legends, captained by Colin Charvis includes Shane Williams and Chris Wyatt.
The match will raise hugely valuable funds for Rugby Player Association’s Restart, Rugby Football Union’s Injured Players Foundation, All Schools and the Welsh Rugby Players’ Association Benevolent Trust.
The encounter comes just two days before England take on Wales in the Rugby World Cup 2015, which National Express is running direct coach services to.
In fact the UK’s largest coach operator has pledged to add thousands more seats to its UK-wide coach network after seeing year-on-year bookings soar by almost a third on services in areas with large numbers of Rugby World Cup 2015 spectators.
National Express has promised keep adding capacity to its network during the tournament so that as many people who want to travel to matches, can.
England Legends Manager Jason Leonard said: “It was a privilege to receive the match shirt on behalf of the team and I’d like to thank National Express for sponsoring the match which we hope will raise significant funds for some extremely worthy causes.
“I speak on behalf of all the guys when I say we are really looking forward to taking on the Welsh in the Legends game.”
National Express UK Coach Managing Director Tom Stables said:
“We have a long history of carrying people to top sporting fixtures and we’re all set to transport thousands of fans to the Rugby World Cup 2015 on our services this month. It’s fitting therefore for us to be getting behind the inaugural England v Wales Legends match, which promises to be a thrilling kick-off to the world cup.
“We are adding thousands of extra seats to our services and are prepared to keep adding capacity to support as many fans as possible to get to and from the big games.”
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