Rory Underwood Headlines Next Lunch With A Lion Event
|Author: Andy Key||Published: 23rd February 2012 22:44|
Rory Underwood Wings His Way To Webb Ellis Road
Former British Lion, England and Leicester star Rory Underwood will headline the next ‘Lunch with a Lion' event for the home fixture against Newport on Saturday March 3rd.
Confirmation of Underwood's booking completes the Lunch with a Lion line up for the remaining home games of the season.
Two more Leicester players of old - Harry Ellis and Graham Rowntree - are the special guests on March 10th (South Leicester) and March 31st (Dudley Kingswinford), and ex-England and Wasps prop Jeff Probyn will then bring the curtain down on the hugely popular initiative on April 21st for the final game of the season against Hinckley.
An ever-present Test Lion on two successive tours, Underwood tasted the highs and lows with Britain and Ireland's elite.
The Leicester and Bedford wing toured Australia and then New Zealand in 1989 and 1993 respectively, playing all six Tests against the Wallabies and All Blacks.
The first of those tours finished with a remarkable series victory while the second ended in disappointment as the Lions fell just short of what would have been only their second Test triumph in the Land of the Long White Cloud.
Outside of the Lions, Underwood was England's record appearance holder before Jason Leonard, winning 85 caps between 1984 and 1996.
He still holds the record for the highest number of tries in England colours with a total of 49, a figure that sees him sit joint third on the all-time list of try scorers in international rugby.
In 1992, he and brother Tony became the first brothers to represent England since 1937, while few England fans will forget his mother's Twickenham celebrations whenever either of her sons crossed the whitewash.
Previously a pilot in the RAF, Underwood now works as a management consultant and is a member of the Board at his beloved Leicester Tigers. The 47-year-old is held in particularly high regard at Welford Road where one of the stadium bars is named after him.
Rory Underwood factfile
Date of birth: June 19, 1963
Clubs: Leicester Tigers, Bedford Blues
International caps: England 85
Height: 5ft 9in (1.75m)
Weight: 13 stone 7lbs (86kg)
Underwood's Lions lowdown
Lions debut: Versus Western Australia, June 10, 1989
Lions Tests: 6 (All three Tests in Aus in 1989 and NZ in 1993)
Lions non-Test appearances: 9
Total Lions appearances: 15 (8 in 1989, 7 in 1993)
Lions points: 35* (seven tries) *under the current scoring system
Final Lions appearance: Versus New Zealand, Auckland, July 3, 1993
*information taken from www.lionsrugby.com
What is ‘Lunch with a Lion'?
- A former British & Irish Lions star answers questions from the floor
- A two-course, sit down meal
- Free match admission and programme
- Chance to enter prize raffle
COST: £25 PER TICKET OR £250 PER TABLE
Tel: 01788 334466