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Greg Rutherford to catch £1 million

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Rutherford faces charity rugby challenge  (©GettyImages)
Rutherford faces charity rugby challenge (©GettyImages).

Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford is to turn his hand to rugby in an attempt to bag £1 million for Sport Relief.

Rutherford, a long-jump specialist, will attempt the London Saracens 'catch-a-million' challenge during the half-time interval of the Aviva Premiership Rugby match between Saracens and Harlequins at Wembley Stadium on 22nd March.

In order to win the charity prize-money Rutherford will have to catch three consecutive up-and-unders, but he is under no illusion when it comes to the difficulty of the task in hand as he prepares to swap spikes for studs, track for field.

"It's fair to say I'm nervous," said Rutherford in a press release given to GiveMeSport. "I'd hope I've got the speed to get in position, but catching the balls is a different matter.

"I don't play rugby but I'll be doing whatever I can to raise money for Sport Relief which is such a great cause," he added. 

The game itself is one of two matches that Saracens will play at Wembley Stadium in the 2013/14 season, and is ideal for Rutherford's challenge as the Sport Relief games run from March 21st-23rd. 

The tie is also expected to break attendance records for a club rugby union match as more than 80,000 people are predicted to be present for the crunch-clash.

Greg Rutherford takes on the Catch-a-Million challenge for Sport Relief at half time during Saracens v Harlequins at Wembley on March 22nd. The match kicks off at 3pm and is exclusively live on BT Sport 1.

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