The rugby we held was the brainchild of James Flint. The charity was lucky that James had some good connections in the UK rugby world. Through his contacts James was able to bring together a team of ex UK professional rugby players (The Purple Nasties) which was captained by Will Greenwood MBE, a member of the England World Cup winning team.
Other teams were from Russian (The Moscow Dragons) and from Bulgaria (Valiaciate from Pernik, The National Sports Academy, Murphy’s Misfits) Will Greenwood gave coaching sessions to the Bulgarian rugby team, from the town of Pernik, which was featured on SKY Sports and Rugby World.
The day competition featured a round-robin event for the two divisions and the top teams played in the final of the day. The final was contested by The Purple Nasties and Valiacite (“Steam-Rollers”), with the Purple Nasties running out winners in a close fought game.
The evening was spent in the grandeur of the Military Club where we hosted a dinner and auction. The memorabilia on sale included items signed by Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Maradonna, George Best, Robbie Williams and Will Greenwood himself.
Naturally, we were extremely grateful to Will Greenwood for giving up his time and to Ben Richardson for organizing the UK side of things with James. It was a most tremendous day. To follow things through Will Greenwood wrote a wonderful article for The Daily Telegraph centred around his activities in Bulgaria.