Rugby world cup winners will be guests of honour at Wymondham Rugby Club charity dinner

Will Greenwood, who will appear at Wymondham Rugby Club's sporting dinner.

Will Greenwood, who will appear at Wymondham Rugby Club's sporting dinner. - Credit: Archant

Rugby world cup winners are set to boost much-needed charity cash when they appear at a fundraising dinner in Wymondham.

Maggie Alphonsi, who will appear at Wymondham Rugby Club's sporting dinner.

Maggie Alphonsi, who will appear at Wymondham Rugby Club's sporting dinner. - Credit: Archant

Former England star Will Greenwood and Maggie Alphonsi, who retired after winning the women's rugby world cup last year, will attend the event at Wymondham Rugby Club on April 15.

The rugby stars will join more than 500 guests for the dinner at Tuttles Lane, which is thought to be the biggest of its kind in the region.

Club president Peter Barry said it was 'fantastic' to welcome the pair to Wymondham ahead of the England men's world cup this autumn.

'The World Cup is going to be a tremendous celebration, not just at the elite level but for clubs like us who are the grassroots of rugby - thriving community clubs producing players and enthusiasts who are the lifeblood at the sport,' he said.


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'It's going to be a great year for rugby.'

Funds raised at the event will be split between the club's three chosen causes, the East Anglian Air Ambulance, local cancer charity Star Throwers and a fund set up to help the club afford new pitches and a club house.

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Mr Greenwood, who won the world cup in 2003, and Ms Alphonsi are two of four Rugby World Cup 2015 ambassadors, with famous names Lawrence Dallaglio and Jonny Wilkinson making up the quartet.

Ms Alphonsi said: 'We all saw the incredible impact that London 2012 had on the United Kingdom, inspiring people from all walks of life to take up sports that they had seen during the Olympics.

'Rugby World Cup 2015 can do exactly the same. I'd love to see more people taking up the game, and I think that England's success at the tournament would act as a catalyst to achieve this.'

President of the Rugby Football Union Jonathan Dance will also take his seat the dinner, while the masters of ceremonies will be former England international hockey player Roger Dakin.

Tickets for the dinner cost £65 are available from the club's website here, on 01603 757658 or info@softleyevents.co.uk

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