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The SA Rugby Legends Association kick off an exciting 2017 with a tour to the UK to play against the Gloucester Rugby Heroes at Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester on Sunday January 29 at 3pm.

This is a wonderful opportunity to see some great legends of the game run out once more to play, and to help raise funds for the UK-based Rugby for Heroes and Gloucester Rugby Community Charity.

The SA Legends will be led by former Bok captain John Smit and Thinus Delport, a former Gloucester club player as well. Making a welcome return in the Legends jersey is Breyton Paulse, who will also travel as the team manager. Ian McIntosh will once more coach the side.

Leading the home team in the familiar Cherry and White hoops jersey is former England and Gloucester captain Mike Tindall.

The South Africans arrive in Gloucester on Saturday January 28 and will participate in a rugby clinic as well as a final captain’s run before the big day.

Later that evening, Thinus Delport will host a Dinner with the South Africa Legends in the 1873 Ricoh Lounge with all proceeds going to the charities.

An interesting side story is that four players who run out onto the field will perhaps be remembering the last time they played against each other 10 years ago in the 2007 Rugby World Cup final in France, John Smit and Butch James, from the winning SA team and Paul Sackey and Andy Gormarsall who played for England.

SA Rugby Legends

  1. Lawrence Sephaka
  2. Pieter Dixon
  3. John Smit
  4. Hottie Louw
  5. Marco Wentzel
  6. Justin Melck
  7. Corne Steenkamp
  8. Ernst Joubert
  9. David von Hoesslin
  10. Butch James
  11. Henno Mentz
  12. Thinus Delport
  13. De Wet Barry
  14. Tonderai Chavhanga
  15. Stefan Terblanche
  16. Delarey du Preez
  17. Darron Nell
  18. Nico Luus
  19. Mac Masina
  20. Rudi Keil & Daniel Bracken
  21. Kennedy Tsimba
  22. Neil Cole
  23. Marc Watson
  24. Christiaan Snyman
  25. Breyton Paulse

Coach: Ian McIntosh
Player / Manager: Mac Masina
Player / Manager Breyton Paulse

Gloucester Rugby Heroes Management: Neil Back, Sean Holley, Nick Knowles, Julian Lewis Jones (coaches), Andy Hazell/Alan Lamb

Playing Staff

Lee Fortey, Dave Hilton, Chris Fortey, Olivier Azam, Neil Griffiths, Rob Fidler, Craig Gillies, Adam Balding, Peter Buxton, Apo Satala, Junior Paramore, Adam Eustace, Jake Boer.

Andy Gomarsall, Paul Knight, Rory Teague, Nicky Little, Ludovic Mercier, Jonathan Goodridge, Rob Cook, Keith Senior, Sean Long, Adrian Morley, Shane Williams, Mike Tindall, Paul Sackey, Daffyd James, Mark Foster

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