ON the back of the hugely successful inaugural St George’s Day Game played at Twickenham in 2010, London Wasps are hosting the 2011 fixture that will be played on St George’s Day, 23rd April, at the home of English rugby against perennial rivals Bath.
Over 60,000 people joined in a celebration of English pride and rugby at last year’s game, raising £50,000 for Help for Heroes, who were elected as the charity partner. This season Wasps have nominated four charity beneficiaries; BLESMA (British Limbless Ex-Service Men's Association), Combat Stress, The Parachute Regiment Charity and the Special Boat Service Association (SBSA). See below for details.
Wasps’ aim is to raise £100,000 for the four services charities through ticket donations, merchandise and fundraising at the game, whilst also helping to raise the profile and awareness of the work of these smaller charitable organisations.
There has long been a great rivalry between the two sides and, with Bath taking the honours in the 2010 clash, the men in black and gold will be eager to make their mark on the hallowed Twickenham turf. Both Wasps and Bath have a history of generating and housing some of the greatest English talent in the game and it is therefore fitting that the two clubs will again meet in a fixture that celebrates patriotism through the avenue of sport.
Twickenham is a venue that has a very special place in the hearts of rugby supporters, particularly Wasps, and the club’s ambition in 2011 is to sell out the ground; raising substantial funds for the nominated charities, whilst providing everyone with a memorable and enjoyable day out. Last year fans were wowed by performances from X Factor winner and chart topper Alexandra Burke, military displays, performances from the Royal Marines Band and the London Chorus choir, over 300 Pro Excel dancers on pitch pre-match and a huge congregation of Scouts Trooping the Colour in honour of their own patron St George.
The game falls on Round 21 of the Aviva Premiership and, with playoff spots potentially up for grabs, both clubs could have everything to play for on the pitch. Both clubs boast an enviable line up of international stars in their teams including Wasps and England stars Simon Shaw, Joe Worsley and Riki Flutey and Bath England trio Danny Grewcock, Matt Banahan and Lewis Moody. In addition to the match, Wasps will be laying on a whole day of family entertainment including inflatable rugby games and activities, food and drinks stalls and a full line up of musical entertainment.
Heather Small confirmed to join forces with London Wasps St George’s Day Game
LONDON Wasps have confirmed that British soul singer Heather Small will be part of their annual St George’s Day Game against Bath Rugby at Twickenham Stadium on Easter Saturday 23rd April. The singer is best known for her signature song “Proud” which was a hit record around the world in 2000, as well as other favourites from her time in the band M People including “Search for The Hero”.
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FROM CLOONEY TO HARRISON - LONDON WASPS ARE CALLING ALL GEORGES!
- ALL rugby fans called George an exclusive ticket deal to come and watch first class rugby at the home of England Rugby for just £1.
- Wasps are also undertaking a search to find out who the most popular George is!
AS part of their annual St George's Day Game against Bath Rugby at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 23 April, Wasps are offering all rugby fans called George an exclusive ticket deal to come and watch first class rugby at the home of England Rugby for just £1. Tickets for the match, which are on sale now, are priced from just £15 for adults and £8 for kids but Georges of all ages, as well as Georginas, Georgettes, Georgies etc. are all eligible for a special ticket price of just £1 when purchased alongside a full priced ticket.
So whether it’s George Clooney, Galloway, Boy George or even George from Rainbow, all will be welcome at the home of England Rugby this St George's Day for less than a pint!
In the build up to the special game which will raise money for four special military charities, Wasps are undertaking a search to find out who England's most popular George is. The club is asking players and fans to vote for their favourite George from a line-up of options. The poll is currently hosted on the St George’s Day Game website with the results being announced ahead of the game. Vote now by clicking on the link below. All those who vote will be entered into a draw to win either a signed Wasps or Bath rugby jersey. (The poll to find England’s most popular George gives fans the option to vote for George Michael; Boy George; Georgie Thompson; George from Rainbow; George Galloway; George Best; George Lamb; George Clooney; George Harrison and an option to vote for another George of their choice!)
'TREAT A TROOP' is an initiative launched by London Wasps which aims to provide free tickets to members of the Armed Services for the St George's Day Game on Saturday 23 April.
Supporters are encouraged to purchase extra tickets for servicemen and women, along with their families, to enjoy the big day at Twickenham.
Wasps players past and present, including British and Irish Lions Phil Vickery and Lawrence Dallagio, club captain Tom Rees, Joe Simpson, Dan Ward-Smith and Dominic Waldouck are dipping into their own pockets to 'Treat A Troop'.
Prince Harry, who is Vice Patron of the Rugby Football Union, said: "This is a fantastic gesture by the players. I know from personal experience that all members of the Armed Services are very appreciative of anything like this which recognises and rewards their hard work and dedication."