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Thursday, December 08, 2011

Northern Hemisphere XV vs Southern Hemisphere XV - Help for Heroes 2011

Twickenham played host to the Help For Heroes game between a Northern Hemisphere XV and their Southern Hemisphere equivalent. Top players, past and present, as well as servicemen, turned out for the cause, raising half a million pounds in the process.

It was a fantastic occasion and while the game was for a charitable cause and had a few players who retired some time ago, there was a great mix as we got to watch world cup winners Will Greenwood, Phil Waugh, and Adam Thomson in action.

The game was treated seriously as both sides got physical and played some incredibly attractive rugby, as can be seen in the highlights with the try scored by Jackson Willison for the South. It was the North who started out on top though with an outstanding effort from young Saracens hooker Scott Spurling.

In the end the Southern Hemisphere side took the honours 36-22 in front of almost 30 000 fans, raising money and awareness for injured soldiers. The money will go to a state of the art recovery centre for the wounded. This was the second such event, with the first taking place in 2008 and between the two they've raised over 2 million pounds for the charity.

"I'm humbled really to be involved. To see what people have done to put this structure in place is amazing," said Fijian Nicky Little, who came on for the Southern side after flyhalf Sias Ebersohn was stretchered off with a knee injury.

"All of them are amazing people really. They go over there and get injured for whatever reason, come home and don't get much help from the government. But someone has made this charity and it's mind-blowing," he added.

You can find out more about H4H and how you can help by visiting www.helpforheroes.org.uk

Posted at 6:07 pm | 13 comments

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Juggernauter December 08, 2011 8:59 pm

Wohow looked like a great match, some oldies still cutting the mustard! And that was an awesome step by the NH hooker haha I didn't see it coming...

Hands down to Dallaglio and everybody who organized the event... this kind of stuff would never happen in football.

Cheers!

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jimi_moody December 08, 2011 9:09 pm

Looked a great game to watch, open, great handling. Oh what England would do for Greenwood to still be at 12!

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Bunn December 09, 2011 2:27 pm

Don't even joke about Greenwood!

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Grant December 09, 2011 12:03 am

By the looks, a brilliant game of rugby for a brilliant cause. Well done for all those that played and organised. DO IT AT A WORLD CUP AND SEND THE PROCEEDS OFF TO THE BOYS!!!!

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Max December 09, 2011 12:17 am

Hahaha, Greenwood looked good enough for England there.... not saying much though.

Excellent game to watch, very fun. Wish the Australians and Baba's played with that attitude.

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adrianjohn December 09, 2011 12:36 am

That SH try through the hands was superb!

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hayden December 09, 2011 8:52 am

text book backline moves, was great to watch

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Theobit December 09, 2011 9:41 am

Beautiful tries!
But i don't understand: if it was NH vs SH where are Argentines, italians, frenchies, japoneses, etc. ? Is it just an anglosaxon's match?

Cheers

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UHtiger December 11, 2011 12:43 pm

Anglo Saxsons?, uummmm not to sure what to say here. Are you colour blind? There were numerous dark skinned players out there. Didnt sure how you could think Fauenati is a Anglo saxon last name.

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SpencaH December 09, 2011 10:36 am

This conclusively proves once and for all that NH are better that SH.......... ;)

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i love bacon December 09, 2011 6:42 pm

Quite. Now it's time to get scientific. We need to repeat this match, but with 3 year olds; that way, we can figure out if the folks down south come out of the womb like that, or if it's just something in the water.

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SpencaH December 12, 2011 11:02 am

Now that IS something I would pay to see!!

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red-love32 May 15, 2012 5:05 pm

good stuff :) defs pay to see that.. good work Sona Taumalolo :)

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