BT Sport to broadcast Rugby Aid charity clash

Rugby World Cup winner Mike Tindall and McBusted star Harry Judd are among a host of former international players, celebrities and serving members of the armed forces set to battle it out in the inaugural Rugby Aid charity match this September, live on BT Sport.

This special contest will see England take on a Rest of the World XV with the star-studded cast set to pack down at Harlequins’ Twickenham Stoop stadium on Friday, 4 September and BT Sport’s cameras will be there to capture all the action.

The match is in aid of Rugby For Heroes which raises funds and awareness through the sport of rugby, the fan community and the wider professional player network to support military personnel who are making the transition back from military service to civilian life.

England will be captained by Tindall and will include some of his former World Cup-winning team-mates alongside celebrities such as Judd, who also found fame on Strictly Come Dancing, JLS’ JB Gill and England international goalkeeper David James.

The Rest of the World team will contain former British & Irish Lions stars Ronan O’Gara, Geordan Murphy and Shane Williams.

Viewers will also get to watch the build up to the big match with a preview programme on BT Sport on Thursday, 3 September which will cover the recruitment and training of each team.

Grant Best, executive director of programming and creative, BT Sport said, “We are proud to be supporting the first ever ‘Rugby Aid’, as the whole nation will be gripped with Rugby fever this year.

“The event is set to feature some of the biggest stars from the world of rugby whilst raising money for a fantastic cause.”

Mike Tindall said: “As Patron of Rugby For Heroes and a patriotic supporter of the military, I am delighted that we have been able to launch our first ever ‘Rugby Aid’ event with the support of BT Sport, Triple S Sports & Entertainment Group and The Sun, in what promises to be a phenomenal day of fun and sportsmanship.

“There are many shared values between the military and the sport of rugby; camaraderie, teamwork, discipline and respect.

“Most importantly through the great game, we will be raising funds to give something back and to help our military service men and women as they make the sometimes-difficult transition from the military back to civilian life.

“I urge all Rugby fans to come and support this great event and cause on Friday, 4 September.”

Tickets for the event are on sale now, with prices ranging from £20 to £40, and can be purchased by clicking here or by calling 0208 410 6010.

Rugby Aid’s Social Media campaign can be followed @RugbyAid2015 and @Rugbyforheroes on Twitter and Instagram, and also on Facebook at Rugby Aid 2015, using the hashtag #RugbyAid throughout.