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Rugby Legends Compete In Charity Spectacular

Former professionals from League and Union were in action all in the aid of charity.

Rugby League and Rugby Union have come together again for a star-studded charity game at Gloucester’s Kingsholm Stadium.

The match was designed to raise money for charities such as Rugby for Heroes and Hull for Heroes.

The rules were split, so one half was played under League rules and the other half as Union rules.

England World Cup winner Mike Tindall was captain of the Union side on his return to Gloucester, while TV personality Nick Knowles managed the team from the touchline.

Despite playing the first half under League rules, it was the Union team who led by 10 points after just 10 minutes.

The League team tried to come back, but a 22-8 half-team lead was uncatchable. The scoring continued in the second half, but it was the Union side who came out as winners by a 48-34 scoreline.

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Mike Tindall gave a wave to many of the Gloucester fans who came out to see their former player.

Tindall has captained his national side, but talked about the difficulty of playing under League rules.

He said: “What we did learn from the previous games is how we have to control the speed of the ball a bit more, especially around the tackle area.

“It’s just so alien to us, but the referee did a great job of talking to us.

“That was the best coin-toss of the day because it is so much easier knowing what you have to chase down.”

Knowles, better known for his time in the jungle with 'I’m A Celebrity', was full of praise for his triumphant players.

He said: “This is amazing and our guys have done an amazing job. We did have a few tricks up our sleeve to try and play a bit more Union style in League rules.

“We are offloading a little more because we have lost twice before. It was starting to really get on our nerves.”

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The captain of the League team, ex-England and Great Britain international Keith Senior, was disappointed with the loss.

“They played us at our own game,” he said. “Our skills were terrible with catching and passing. We were just dropping the ball and giving to them.

“They capitalised and played really well. Full credit to them.”