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UPDATED: Rugby legends sprinkle some stardust on Aylesbury Rugby Club

Will Greenwood (right) and Austin Healey (left) with the Aylesbury team at the event and Healey with a signed England shirt that was auctioned off (below)     PICTURES: MARK BANNISTER

Will Greenwood (right) and Austin Healey (left) with the Aylesbury team at the event and Healey with a signed England shirt that was auctioned off (below) PICTURES: MARK BANNISTER

 

World Cup winner Will Greenwood and his former England teammate Austin Healey kept more than 200 guests thoroughly entertained at the club’s Best Seats in the House event.

The Ducks were celebrating after beating 800 teams to win a Grassroots challenge run by premium home appliance brand, AEG.

Their prize? A visit from legends Greenwood and Healey for an all-expenses-paid ‘Best Seats in the House’ event at their ground which saw guests enjoy a live screening of the Wales vs France Six Nations game while the two rugby stars provided live punditry and a big slice of humour.

The event, which also included refreshments and a question and answer session with the professionals, was a dream come true for The Ducks.

Clive Woodfall, club chairman, said: “It was a fantastic evening and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Will and Austin were very entertaining and great company and the event was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity for rugby fanatics like myself and the team.”

Greenwood and Healey, who have a combined 106 caps for England, were popular players for club and country from the mid-1990s until the mid-2000s.

Healey, 40, was a versatile back who played for Leicester Tigers and toured South Africa as part of the victorious 1997 British and Irish Lions side.

He said: “You’ve got to give AEG a lot of credit. It’s very easy for a company like them to throw money at the top of the sport and see what sticks.

“But this is actually a genuine effort to help grassroots clubs.

“I absolutely love coming back to clubs like this, I actually prefer it to going around the Premiership.”

Greenwood, 41, was also a back for Leicester Tigers, as well as Harlequins, and was joint top try scorer as England famously won the 2003 World Cup.

He said: “Just chatting to the lads here at Aylesbury, finding out I think they’ve got High Wycombe tomorrow (last Saturday).

“We’re passionately interested in what these clubs are up to.

“I started at Preston Grasshoppers. We’ve had to move into sports science, but the way we started and the way we love rugby is Preston Grasshoppers, Aylesbury Rugby Club, wherever it may be.

“Sixty-odd blokes, 18 to 40 who turn up on a Tuesday and Thursday night and give it a go.”

 

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