Some of the biggest names in rugby history will be on show for the first ever Stuart Mangan Memorial Match, between England and Ireland Legends, at the Twickenham Stoop, on Friday, the 26th of February - the night before the two countries meet in the Six Nations, at Twickenham.
The match, sponsored by the Byrne Group, will be in aid of the Matt Hampson Trust and Keith Wood's Paralysed Rugby Players' Fund, in Ireland.
Tickets cost £10, concessions £5, unreserved seating, and are now on sale, from the following website www.englandirelandlegends.co.uk
England's team will be led by former captain Martin Corry, and will include several members of the 2003 World Cup winning team. England's most-capped player, Jason Leonard, will return to his former home ground, to take part.
Other heroes of 2003 who are hoping to take part are Josh Lewsey, Neil Back, Mike Catt, Paul Grayson, Mark Regan and Dorian West. They'll be joined by other recent internationals like Tim Stimpson, Darren Garforth, Garath Archer, Phil Greening and Nick Greenstock .
Ireland's team will be led by Shane Byrne and will include Mick Galwey, Peter 'The Claw' Clohessy, Reggie Corrigan, Victor Costello, Trevor Brennan, Derek McAleese, Maurice Field, John O'Neill, Justin Bishop and the evergreen Rob Henderson - a 2001 Lion, who's still playing club rugby.
Matt Hampson has won the admiration of rugby fans everywhere for the courageous way in which, to use the words from his favourite film, 'The Shawshank Redemption', he has 'got busy living', after being paralysed in a training accident with the England Under-21 team, in March 2005.
Despite being paralysed from the neck down, and being unable to breathe without a ventilator, he leads a full and active life and is the Ambassador for the Rugby Players' Association Benevolent fund
The teams will play for the Stuart Mangan Memorial Trophy. Stuart was just 26 when he passed away, on August the 7th. In April 2008, he'd suffered the worst possible spinal injury, while playing for Hammersmith and Fulham RFC, in London.
After spending seven months in hospital, he returned to his specially adapted flat in Bayswater, and resumed life. Like Matt Hampson, he never allowed his injury to affect his love for rugby and life - he was a proud son of Cork and Munster.
Like Matt, he was always cheerful, positive, determined and forward-looking. When he died, suddenly and unexpectedly, he was full of plans for the future.
He and Matt had become close friends, and had often discussed doing some joint event, in aid of their respective trusts. The idea for this game was conceived, while Stuart was still alive.
Stuart's family decided that the game should go ahead, as a tribute to him and that of the funds raised the Irish benefactor should be the Paralysed Rugby Players' Fund, which is run by Ireland and Lions legend Keith Wood.
The game will be refereed by former international referee Tony Spreadbury, who was overseeing the training session in which Matt suffered his injury.
The aim is for this fixture to become an annual event, and plans are already under way for the return match to be played in Dublin, in 2011.
Speaking to the media following the 31-33 West Country Challenge Cup defeat to Exeter Chiefs at the Memorial Stadium, Director of Rugby David Humphreys was full of praise for his side's battling qualities in a bruising encounter but concerned about the injuries picked up.
The West Country Challenge Cup fixture against the Exeter Chiefs at the Memorial Stadium in Bristol on Saturday (kick off 3pm) will be Gloucester's last chance to work on things like new combinations says Director of Rugby, David Humphreys.
Speaking after the 30-21 West Country Challenge Cup defeat at Bath, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke of the improvements his team are making as preseason progresses but acknowledges that there is still work to do ahead of the start of the Aviva Premiership.
Speaking to the local media ahead of Saturday's trip to Bath Rugby in the West Country Challenge Cup, front rower Nick Wood spoke of the hard work put in across the extended preseason and highlighted the competition for front row spots in the squad.
Gloucester have named a 30 man squad for the latest round of West Country Challenge Cup action against Bath on Saturday, with Director of Rugby David Humphreys stressing the need to keep an eye on player workload ahead of what will be a long, tough season.
Describing the 50-7 West Country Challenge Cup win over Bath on Sunday as a '...good hit out...', wing Charlie Sharples admitted that it had been a good opportunity to put into practice things that the squad have been trying out in training in recent weeks.
Speaking to the local media after the 50-7 victory over Bath Rugby on Sunday, David Humphreys was happy with his squad's effort, with the most important aspect being the game time earned by his players.
Gloucester make wholesale changes to the side that started at Exeter last Saturday as they prepare to take on Bath at the Memorial Stadium, Bristol on Sunday in the West Country Challenge Cup (kick off 3pm). The Director of Rugby told GRTV that the players are raring to go and that he's looking forward to seeing different combinations in action.