National Express makes ‘legendary’ Welsh shirt handover
England Legend Ollie Smith and Welsh Legend Sonny Parker
National Express has pitched up to ceremonially handover the England v Wales Rugby Legends match shirt to a Welsh rugby legend ahead of the fixture on Thursday 24 September.
Sponsor National Express presented Welsh Rugby Legends player and Grand Slam winner Sonny Parker with the Wales Legends match shirt at Old Deer Park Stadium – the home ground of London Welsh team which Sonny manages.
During his international career Sonny was capped 31 times for Wales and he played in two World Cups. In 2012 he was appointed manager of London Welsh and helped the club to win the IPA Championship title and gain promotion to the top league.
Sonny 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 English in the Legends game.”
Kicking-off at 18:35 and broadcast live on Sky TV, the epic showdown boasts star-studded former internationals and anticipation on both sides is high.
The Wales Legends, captained by Colin Charvis includes Shane Williams and Chris Wyatt while the England Legends players include Mike Tindall, Iain Balshaw, and Lewis Moody.
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 to keep adding capacity to its network during the tournament so that as many people who want to travel to matches, can.
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.”
For those looking to travel to matches with their friends and family, National Express is offering groups of four or more 25 per cent off the cost of their coach tickets, provided the tickets are booked three days in advance.