Posted: 13 May, 2013
Ben Roberts-Smith will play in Classic Rugby
21st June, Ballymore Stadium
Gates open at 5:30pm
Kick off is at 7:30pm
BEN ROBERTS-SMITH HAS JOINED CLASSIC RUGBY! Buy tickets
This time instead of protecting his comrades with heroics on the battlefield, he's doing his part to help Aussie soldiers who have returned home with emotional injuries - he's signed up to play in a charity rugby game to support Mates4Mates, a charity in place to help our soldiers who return with emotional as well as physical wounds.
The 6 foot 3 monster will take the field for a Classic Anzacs side this Friday night in a legends match against a British & Irish XV - the match will act as a curtain raiser for the Wallabies vs British & Irish Lions game the following night.
"We do remember the guys who have passed away, we have to be cognisant that we don't forget the guys who are injured" Roberts-Smith said on Triple M's the Grill Team.
"What you want to do is generate a true feeling of understanding, not empathy.
"There are over 250 Australians wounded on operations, the issue we've got is when they come back the ADF is doing everything it can to support them, but there needs to be other mechanisms in place to support not only them but their families."
Mates4Mates is one of these such mechanisms.
Classic rugby takes place this Friday at Ballymore Stadium tickets are available here if you want to see the big man in action out on the field.
Triple M is dusting off the boots to put on another Classic Rugby spectacle at Ballymore – this time between a Classic Anzacs team and the British & Irish XV.
The Anzacs team will feature rugby legends from both sides of the ditch, setting aside our differences to take on our opponents, a British & Irish XV that will feature some of the best to ever play the game in the northern hemisphere.
The game will raise money for Mates4Mates - an organisation supporting our soldiers who come home with physical and emotional injuries.
Wallaby great John Eales is right behind the cause:
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Meet the players
1. Matt Dunning
2. Jeremy Paul
3. Andrew Heath
4. Mark Connors
5. Garrick Morgan
6. Scott Robertson
7. Jim Williams
8. Sam Scott-Young
9. Junior Tonu’u
10. Steven Larkham
11. Daryl Gibson
12. Nathan Grey
13. Ben Roberts-Smith
14. David Croft
15. Chris Latham
British & Irish XV
1. Robbie Russell (Scotland)
2. Mark Regan (England and Lions)
3. Darren Morris (Wales and Lions)
4. David Corkery (Ireland)
5. Alan Quinlan (Ireland)
6. Lewis Moody (England and Lions)
7. Trevor Brennan (Ireland)
8. Ben Clarke (England and Lions)
9. Stewart Davies (England)
10. Craig Chalmers (Scotland and Lions)
11. Mark Jones (Wales)
12. Rob Henderson (Ireland and Lions)
13. Leigh Davies (Wales)
14. Derrick Lee (Scotland)
15. Ben Hinshelwood (Scotland)
16. Geraint Evans (Wales)
17. Will Berry (Army)
18. Ian Martin (Army)
19. Tom Burnham (Army)
20. Rob Taylor (Army)
21. Isoa Vulagirua (Army)
22. Laitia Nakia (Army)
Transport & parking:
Car Parking: Car Park Passes MUST be purchased in advance from Ticketek. No passes are being sold at the grounds and there will NO ENTRY to the Ballymore car parks without a pre-purchased car park pass for each vehicle.
Free bus service TO the event:
- Roma Street to Ballymore – leaves stop 125 (Roma St) every 15 minutes (approximately) between 5:30pm and 7:30pm
- Metro Car Park to Ballymore – leaves Butterfield Street every 15 minutes (approximately) between 5:30pm and 7:30pm
Free bus service FROM the event:
- Ballymore to Roma St – leaves on a regular basis between 9:15pm and 10:15pm (or earlier depending on patronage)
- Ballymore to Metro Car Park – leaves on a regular basis between 9:15pm and 10:15pm (or earlier depending on patronage)
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