NEXT week England celebrates the 10th anniversary of winning the 2003 Rugby World Cup.
Orange Emus’ Andrew Logan and Graydon Staniforth hope to play a part in ruining some of the celebrations.
The duo will play with the Australian Legends in their one-off match against the England Legends in London on Thursday.
The game will commemorate England’s 2003 RWC win where they downed Australia 20-17 in extra-time in the final.
“For them it’s a celebration of the 2003 Rugby World Cup win,” Logan said.
“That’s the intent behind the game and it’s a reunion for those guys. We’re the cannon fodder.”
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“Very serious,” Staniforth said when asked how serious the match would be.
“They’re televising the game.”
“It’s game on,” Logan added.
“They’re expecting about 10,000 at the game.”
When you read the names of the players who will line up for the Australian Legends, you’ll understand why it’s serious.
Logan and Staniforth will be playing with former Wallabies Richard Harry, Al Baxter, Chris Whitaker, Ryan Cross, Andrew Walker, Adam Freier and Stirling Mortlock.
Mortlock, Baxter and Whitaker were all part of the Wallabies side that lost the 2003 title to England.
Australia will also boast a few well-credentialed league players like Brad Clyde.
The England team will include Jason Leonard, Martin Corry, Lewis Moody, Jason Robinson, Josh Lewsey, Mike Tindall, Phil Vickery and Ben Kay, who all played in the successful 2003 side.
There will be 1450 Test caps between the two sides.
Logan and Staniforth have both played in the Australian Legends (also known as the Australian Barbarians Masters) before, so they’re familiar with most of their teammates for next week.
They’re probably more excited about their rivals.
“The UK guys, some of the guys who are playing there are amazing footballers,” Logan said.
“There’s Jason Leonard who held the world record for most number of Tests for quite a while, Jason Robinson who’s a dual-international, Mike Tindall who played in the World Cup in 2011.”
The teams will play two 40-minute halves, and the only thing different from a senior game is there will be no pushing in the scrums.
“Other than that it’s 80 minutes of full contact footy,” Logan said.