Belfast Telegraph

I'm excited to see province's legends reunite for charity clash

Chris Henry

By Chris Henry

There'll be plenty of talk in the coming weeks about the Ulster appearance record and Andrew Trimble's 229 times in the white jersey, but he'll have 230 by the end of the month.

I'm delighted to have Andrew and so many others signed up for Rugby Rocks on May 26 and already looking forward to dusting off the boots again myself at Malone in the Ulster Legends game.

I've had to brush up on my organisational skills to get the teams sorted but we couldn't have asked for a better response and hopefully this can be the sort of thing that grows each season.

Twenty years on, we'll have eight of Ulster's European Cup-winning team together again including goal-kicker extraordinaire Simon Mason making his way over from Liverpool to tog out in Ulster colours one more time.

I was in the stands when Andy Ward, Tony McWhirter, Andy Matchett et al lifted the trophy so it'll be a great buzz to see all those guys reunited.

I don't know how the body will feel getting tackled again after a good few months of retirement but I'm expecting it to get competitive.

There'll be a World Cup winner in the shape of BJ Botha, a former Ireland captain in Paddy Johns and a good lot of my own vintage with Mike Ross, Paul Marshall and Paddy Wallace joining Trimby, too, so we've a good standard.

And if the Guinness Book of Records come calling, I'm willing to bet we have the two biggest water-carriers there's ever been in Stephen Ferris and Mike McCarthy.

The Legends game is just one of four on the day with a youth team, two women's sides and the Malone Tornadoes, our mixed ability rugby team, all getting a run-out too.

With two great live bands and a family fun zone as well as all the action on the field, it should be a great day for everyone and all to raise some money for Chest, Heart and Stroke as well.

As I write this, we're enduring a wet end to the bank holiday so we'll be owed a bit of sun by then too!

It'd be great to see you all down there.

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