Wasps legends from across the decades are gearing up for a special appearance at the Ricoh Arena.
More than 40 players spanning across five decades will be introduced on to the pitch ahead of Wasps’ 150th anniversary game against Bath on Sunday, October 1 (kick-off 3pm).
World Cup winner Lawrence Dallaglio and former team-mates from the 1990s and 2000s eras including Kenny Logan, Rob Andrew, Richard Birkett, Fraser Waters and John Hart are expected at the special celebration game.
Back row from the late 1950s and 1960s Bob Collier, aged 77, is one of the oldest legends to grace the Ricoh Arena turf, and will be joined by Freddie Hawkins and David Rosser.
Teammates from the 1980s Mark Rose, Rob Lozowski and former captain Mark Rigby will also be reunited, while recently-retired captain Chris Bell – who is now Head of Partnership Management at the Ricoh Arena – will make a return.
Twelve Wasps Ladies players are also attending, including World Cup winner Claire Purdy who was part of the BBC Sports Personality Team of the Year in 2014, former England fly-half Shelley Rae and one of the stand out performers of this year's Women's Rugby World Cup, Danielle Waterman.
Dallaglio, who played for Wasps throughout his entire 18-year career, said: “To have such a wide range of former players present on the day really adds meaning to the phrase of ‘once a Wasp, always a Wasp.’
“Wasps Rugby Club is a part of my DNA and I have an overwhelming number of great memories at the club, which I’m looking forward to re-living with a number of my former team-mates on the day.
“It’s important for the club to reflect on its successful past, and now the club has its own permanent home in Coventry, hopefully the day can inspire this generation of players and fans to even more success in the future.”
Elsewhere on the day, bucket collections will be taking place around the stadium for Dallaglio RugbyWorks as the club aims to raise up to £50,000 for the charity over the course of the season, and it will also mark the end of a two-day 150-mile cycle ride from Twickenham to the Ricoh Arena via former Wasps’ grounds.
Dallaglio RugbyWorks is an intensive, long-term skills development programme based on rugby, which aims to get teenagers outside of mainstream education into sustained education, employment or training. http://www.dallagliorugbyworks.com/
The club is also launching its 150th anniversary commemorative book before the game this Sunday. http://www.wasps150book.co.uk/
Nick Eastwood, chief executive at Wasps, added: “This is the go-to game for rugby lovers with so many iconic players set to be paraded on the pitch.
“A lot of hard work has gone on behind the scenes since the summer to get as many former players as possible together all at once, and it promises to be a great day for everybody connected with the club.”
We are very much looking forward to welcoming a wonderful selection of Wasps legends back to the club this Sunday for our 150th anniversary game. You could put out some decent XV’s from the following!
Kate Alder, Rob Andrew, Alan Black, Chris Bell, Richard Birkett, Rochelle Clarke, Bob Collier Claire Cooper, Lawrence Dallaglio, John Drake, Nic Evans, Matt Everard, Fiona Hackett, Helen Harding, John Hart, Freddie Hawkins, Genevieve Glover, Andy Goode, Ed Jackson, Mike Ireland, Mark Lock, Kenny Logan, Rob Lozowski, Justine Lucas, Andrea Masi, Nigel Melville, Jo McGilchrist, Tony Miles, Harriet Millar Mills, Darren Molloy, Sol N’jie, Claire Purdy, Shelley Rae, Mark Rigby Mark Rose, Mark Rogers, David Rosser, Dean Ryan, Bill Treadwell, Peter Scrivener, Hugo Southwell, Fiona Stockley, Nabs Suma, Jonny Ufton, Roger Uttley, Danielle Waterman, Fraser Waters, Allen Watson.
Tickets for Wasps v Bath can be purchased from www.wasps.co.uk/tickets and start from £24 for adults, while under-10s go free in certain categories.