RUGBY: Parliamentary Lions v Webb Ellis XV - Sunday 2.30pm

The world's biggest rugby pass - The head teacher of Rugby School Patrick Derham passed a rugby ball to Mark Pawsey (MP - Rugby), who is going to present it to New Zealand on behalf of the town.

The world's biggest rugby pass - The head teacher of Rugby School Patrick Derham passed a rugby ball to Mark Pawsey (MP - Rugby), who is going to present it to New Zealand on behalf of the town.

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RUGBY fans are in for a treat at The Close on Sunday afternoon when two teams of ‘old boys’ take to the hallowed turf where it all began.

Entry is free to see The Parliamentary Lions, a team of MPs and Lords play a Webb Ellis XV from local clubs.

Rugby’s MP Mark Pawsey will be among the line-up, taking on former players from the likes of Rugby Lions, Old Laurentians, Rugby Welsh, Newbold, St Andrews, AEI and Broadstreet.

There will also be guest appearances by community leaders in the charity game which kicks off at 2.30pm, raising money for the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

Mr Pawsey, who has organised the event with Rugby Borough Council and Rugby School said: “As the Member of Parliament for the town which is the birthplace of the game, I’m delighted that we’re able to host this game on The Close.

“This is especially true at a time when Rugby is in the spotlight with the World Cup Tournament currently taking place in New Zealand.

“As a member of the All Party Group for Rugby Union and the Lords and Commons Rugby team, I am constantly making every effort to try and raise the profile of the town’s links with the game.

“I hope that many people will come along to watch and help us raise much needed funds for the air ambulance.”