How to watch England v Argentina in the company of Wasps stars

Wasps player Matt Symons is converting to event management  for the first time to develop horizons away from the grass. Symons is giving rugby fans the chance to watch international rugby alongside some of the sport’s top-flight stars at a Birmingham bar.

Matt and Wasps team-mates Jimmy Gopperth and Brendan Macken are inviting rugby fans to join them at the Purecraft Bar & Kitchen on Waterloo Street on Saturday, November 11 at 1pm for the Autumn International between England and Argentina.

The trio will be running a 40-minute question and answer session ahead of kick-off at 3pm, while providing live match analysis throughout.

Guests will also receive food and a pint, and will be able to enter a raffle to win signed England and Wasps memorabilia, as well as the chance to win tickets and a mascot place for upcoming Wasps matches at the Ricoh Arena against Newcastle Falcons, Leicester Tigers, La Rochelle and Gloucester.

All of the proceeds to the ticket-only event will go towards Restart Rugby, the Rugby Players’ Association charity that supports professional players who have been forced to retire early from the game.

The initial idea for the event came from Wasps second row Matt while working on his off-field development with Chris Bell, a former club captain and now Wasps’ Head of Player Personal Development.

Matt, 28, said: “While I was out injured earlier this season, I really enjoyed delivering half-time and full-time match analysis to Wasps fans, and thought this could be developed further.

“I discussed the idea of trialling a stand-alone rugby event with Chris Bell, who was extremely supportive, and put me in touch with one of Wasps’ partners the Purity Brewing Company, who work with the Purecraft Bar & Kitchen.

“It’s rare for fans to be able to interact with modern-day players on a personal level, and this event will allow guests to do just that in an informal and relaxed environment. We are expecting some more high-profile names to make an appearance, all of which will be revealed on the day.

“It also presents an opportunity for us to raise some much-needed funds for a cause that is close to many of us, as the players all have friends who have had their careers cut short.

“A limited number of tickets are left for the event, and all being well, we are planning to do some more events such as these for the Six Nations games next year.”

Chris Bell works with each Wasps first team player to prepare them for working life when they retire from rugby.

He added: “Matt is very pro-active with his development away from the rugby field, and is taking the wise approach of exploring a variety of interests to pursue in the future, one of which is running and hosting rugby events.

“He has put the time to good use while out injured, and by using his knowledge and contacts, has created an inter-active event that has the potential to become a regular fixture in the calendar.”

To book a place at the Purecraft Bar & Kitchen call 0121 2375 666.

Photo caption: From left, Andy Cross (Purity Brewing Company), Matt Symons and Danniella Williams (Purecraft Bar & Kitchen).