The international rugby family has been united in offering support to those affected by the Christchurch earthquake and the floods in Queensland. This Sunday at Old Deer Park, Richmond you can support the efforts of the Pacific Barbarians as their newly formed invitational XV led by Jerry Collins takes on an Australian XV lead by George Smith.
Epi Taione, the former Tongan international, has put the event together and is hoping that a day of fundraising on Sunday can bring people together to enjoy a great game of rugby, mix with some international rugby stars and swell the coffers for a hugely worthwhile cause.
He spoke to Nick Heath about the event: [podcast]/Podcasts/EpiTaione.mp3[/podcast]Speaking ahead of the match George Smith, Australia’s most-capped forward, said: “This will be a fantastic opportunity for rugby to do its bit to help the victims of these two disasters. Many, many people in rugby know people directly affected by the recent tragedies in these two great rugby nations and all the boys involved are passionate to do their bit to help.”
The game is the highlight of a day of fun at the home of London Welsh RFC which will also include AFL, Tag Rugby, Women’s and Mixed Touch rugby. There will also be an Australian-inspired beer village and plenty of Pacific music, dancing and food.