England's players are auctioning the shirts they wore in Saturday's (19th March) RBS Six Nations game against Scotland to support injured Leicester Tigers prop Matt Hampson. Matt suffered a serious neck injury last Tuesday while training with the England Under 21 squad.
The RFU has been working with the Professional Rugby Players Association (PRA) and Premier Rugby Ltd and England sponsor O2 to organise an auction whereby rugby supporters can text their bids to 88821. Alternatively bids and donations will be accepted via email at email@example.com.
The highest bidders for each individual shirt will receive that player's England match shirt in a closed auction. Each player will sign their shirt for the successful bidder. The shirts will be embroidered with the players' names, the opposition and date of the game.
Supporters can bid for the shirts by using the following instructions:
Text BID followed by the players name and then bid in £s to 88821.
(e.g. text BIDCORRY500 to 88821).
*NB - Each text will cost £1.50 with all proceeds going to the cause.
Bidding will close at midnight on Wednesday (23rd March). The successful bidders will be notified by Friday 1st April.
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