Londoners were today encouraged to put down their rackets, clubs and bats for the summer and hand in their tennis balls, footballs, basketballs and golf balls in exchange for a rugby ball.
As rugby fever grips the nation ahead of Rugby World Cup 2015 next month, four stars of Home Nations rugby gathered in front of Tower Bridge this morning to give away hundreds of free rugby balls. The activity was part of a special
Leading the exchange was England’s Rugby World Cup 2003 winner Mike Tindall alongside Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014 champions Emily Scarratt and Natasha Hunt, as well as former Scotland international Thom Evans. The crowds gathered at Potters Fields Park to take part were also treated to a game with the four rugby icons as they were taught basic passing skills and other ways to have fun with a rugby ball.
The rugby ball exchange took place to mark the launch of official Rugby World Cup 2015 sponsor,
Throughout the morning the players collected balls of all shapes and sizes from a range of sports and activities. The exchanged equipment will be donated to StreetGames,
Mike Tindall, Rugby World Cup 2003 winner, commented: “With Rugby World Cup 2015 just around the corner, it’s been great to see so many Londoners join in with our rugby exchange and pledge to give rugby a go this summer. I really hope the rugby balls we’ve given away this morning will be the first step in inspiring thousands more people to pick up a ball with their friends and family, head down to the park and have some fun.”
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