SOME of the biggest names in British rugby competed against a specially selected side of Chester Legends in aid of a major charity appeal.
Chester Rugby Club teamed up with Legends Rugby and Sale Sharks to host a family fun day and a Legends rugby match in aid of the Countess of Chester Hospital’s Babygrow Appeal.
The appeal aims to raise a total of £3m to help create a new neonatal unit at the Liverpool Road hospital. Fundraisers recently celebrated hitting their first big milestone after successfully raising £1m. The Babygrow appeal has been heavily supported by the Leader’s sister paper, the Chester Standard.
The day began with a coaching session for junior players from Chester, Mold and Halifax hosted by players and staff from Sale Sharks.
The rugby match gave visitors the chance to watch former British and Irish Lion Phil Greening as well as former England, Fiji and Scotland stars take on a team of Chester Legends, led by former first XV captain Andy McAdam.
Chester club chairman Johnny Beckwith said: “While we are hugely passionate about rugby at this club, we are also committed to supporting the community.
“We coach 450 children every week at Chester RUFC and to be in a position where we can help charities by doing what we love is a great source of pride at the club.”