Help for Heroes: Rugby Stars to Raise Money for Iraq Veterans

Sean KellyAnalyst ISeptember 18, 2008

All eyes will be on Twickenham this Saturday as some of the greatest of the game meet for one last time, in the aid of the British Service personnel.

Huge names from England and across the world meet together with the hope of raising £1million for those injured in action in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Lawrence Dallaglio leads Help for Heroes XV, backed by other World Cup winning teammates like Martin Johnson, Will Greenwood, Jason Robinson, Richard Hill, Mark Regan, and Dan Luger.

Leading the International XV will be Scott Gibbs, followed by the likes of Jonah Lomu, Gordon Bulloch, Colin Charvis, Zac Feaunati, and Kenny Logan.

The idea came from journalist from the Times Mark Souster.

I’m sure there are millions of people like myself who feel that we owe a huge debt to the brave service men and women who serve in areas of conflict like Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Injuries and death are an inevitable but very sad fact of war and it is essential that those who are hurt are given the best possible care and rehabilitation. The medical staff at Headley Court already do a fantastic job and the revenues raised from the game will help them provide even better facilities and care for injured troops and military staff,” Souster said.

It is a huge occasion and I hope everyone watches and gives support. The members of the Army injured deserve our full support, and it can only help that we get to watch Scott Gibbs in action again. Thoughts of Os Du Randt come in my mind mentioning the Welsh centre.