17 May 13
Harlequins has confirmed an exciting group of pre-season fixtures as it prepares for the start of the 2013-14 season.
Tickets will start at Main Stand 15 Euros, Stadium 10 Euros, Concessions 5 Euros, unreserved seating, and are now on sale, from the following website www.ticketmaster.ie You will also be able to pay at the gate.
The money raised from the match will be donated to improving the lives of Inner City Youths through Sport and Education in England and the IRFU Charitable Trust in Ireland in what is expected to be a highly competitive clash between the two rugby nations.
The game is being played for the Stuart Mangan Memorial Cup, currently held by the Irish Legends who were the narrow victors, by 17 points to 15 in 2010.
England's team will be led by former captain and British and Irish Lion Martin Corry. Martin is joined by several members of the England 2003 World Cup winning team including, Jason Leonard, most notably England's most capped player, Josh Lewsey, Kyran Bracken and Dan Luger. Other heroes include Andy Farrell, Austin Healey, and Mark Regan. Completing the team sheet are internationals, Darren Garforth, Tim Stimpson, Matt Perry and Garath Archer- all subject to availability.
Ireland's team will be led by Ireland and British and Irish Lion Shane Byrne, previouslyLeinster's most capped player. His team will include such Irish legends as Nick Popplewell, Rob Henderson, Mick Galway, Mal O'Kelly, Eric Miller and Girvan Dempsey. Other legends also in attendance will be Justin Bishop, Simon Easterby, Jonathan Bell, Kieron Dawson, Richard Wallace, Paddy Johns and Anthony Foley - all subject to availability.
Both team captains, who have been the driving forces behind the Legends matches to date, along with Jason Leonard and Len Dinneen, would like to make this an annual fixture, playing on the eve on the International match and capturing the spirit of the England A fixtures of days gone by.
Looking forward to the game Martin Corry said, "I think the highly competitive nature of the Legends match back in February last year took both teams a bit by surprise - the bodies aren't quite what they used to be! To lose by such a narrow 2 point margin, means that the England Legends coming over to Ireland for the return match are all looking to put in a strong performance."
With generous team sponsorship from reinsurance group Validus Re http://www.validusre.bm/content/about-validus, this promises to be an evening to remember at Donnybrook.