Rugby World Cup

Rugby legends get behind the bar

By Emily Sutherland contact

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The players are fundraising for children's charity Wooden Spoon
The players are fundraising for children's charity Wooden Spoon

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Rugby legends including Phil Vickery, Lee Mears, Andy Gomarsall and Tim Stimpson have got behind the bar at Young’s pubs to help celebrate the Rugby World Cup.

Drinkers at Young’s pubs across the country can have their pints pulled by rugby’s famous faces, who will also host a three-course meal and answer questions about their sporting experiences.


Tickets for Players at the Pumps cost £35 and are available directly from the pubs. Young’s is hoping to raise £100,00 for children’s charity Wooden Spoon through ticket sales, an exclusive Wooden Spoon Ale, raffles and donations.

The pub chain will be raising money for the HITZ programme, which helps to disadvantaged children who’ve had a difficult start thorough education and vocational training.

Vickery said: “It is exciting that two organisations, who are both passionate about what they do, can come together and use the power of rugby to change children’s and young people’s lives.”

The rugby players are the latest of a raft of famous faces to get start pulling pints after actor Mark Hamill, best known for his role as Luke Skywalker, popped into an Irish pub in County Kerry whilst filming the next Star Wars. HRH Prince Charles has hardly been out of the pub in recent months, making five visits to community pubs in three months.

Actor Tom Hardy recently announced plans to build a pub in his back garden, after being inspired the east-end boozers in his latest film Legend. 

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