The first ever Rugby Aid charity match, which took place earlier this year, raised a fantastic £150,000 for 'Rugby for Heroes' and various other military charities, it has been announced.
The game - played on September 4 at the Twickenham Stoop - saw England face the Rest of the World. The two sides featured a combination of former professionals, celebrities and current military members.
Former international footballers Dion Dublin and Robbie Savage took part in the match alongside musicians, television presenters and reality stars, who were given the opportunity to go head-to-head against legends of the game as 10,000 supporters filled the stands at the Stoop to witness the event that was also broadcast live on BT Sport.
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World Cup winner Mike Tindall, who was on hand to accept the cheque for £150,000 live on BT Sport show - Rugby Tonight, led out the England team who were defeated by the Rest of the World, 36-29 in a highly entertaining affair.
Rugby for Heroes, for whom event organiser and creator Tindall is a patron, will receive £70,000 of the money and will use it to put more than 70 service men or women through rugby coaching qualifications, with the goal for these trained coaches to be provided a future within the sport.
After receiving the money, Tindall said: "As a patron of Rugby for Heroes it had additional significance for me in that we generated such an amazing amount of money for a cause I feel very strongly about.
"Such a huge sum will really make a difference helping military personnel in their transition into normal life on their return from service. On behalf of everyone at Rugby for Heroes thank you to all those involved and everyone that donated."
Hire a Hero, Future for Heroes, Veterans Aid and the On Course Foundation Future for Heroes are just a few of the other charitable foundations that have seen the other £70,000 split between them.
About Rugby For Heroes
Rugby For Heroes works with the rugby community, the fans and the wider professional player network helping raise funds to support those service men and women who are making the transition from military to civilian life.
For more information go to www.rugbyforheroes.org.uk
Twitter - @Rugbyforheroes
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