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Rugby Stars To Raise Money For Military Charities In 'Hybrid' Match

The match will see current and retired players play one half of Union and one half of League at Gloucester's Kingsholm Stadium.

Stars from Rugby Union and Rugby League are to face one another in a special 'hybrid' match to raise money for two military charities. 

The match, dubbed the 'Battle of the Codes', will see current and retired players play one half of Union and one half of League at Gloucester's Kingsholm Stadium.

All money raised from the match will be split between two military charities, Rugby For Heroes and Hull 4 Heroes. 

Rugby Union All-stars are representing the south and Rugby League All-Stars representing the north, where the code is more traditionally played.

Tindall at the Kingsholm Stadium.
Tindall at the Kingsholm Stadium.

England World Cup winner and former Gloucester player Mike Tindall is the Union All-Stars captain. 

"The tough thing is that in Rugby Union you're taught to bounce back onto your feet fast, whereas in Rugby League you've got to lie on them for as long as possible to slow the speed of the ball down," Tindall explained.

"It's always a challenge but it's about being able to adapt."  

Wearing the armband for League All-Stars is former Great Britain Rugby League international Keith Senior.

 "[There is a] Union-League rivalry but the core skills are exactly the same," Senior said.

"But watching the two play the opposite core is like watching 7-year-olds on a rugby pitch!"

Willie Poching, Keith Senior and Thinus Delport chat to Forces News.
Willie Poching, Keith Senior and Thinus Delport chat to Forces News.

Former Union player Thinus Delport is also getting his boots on again.

Delport, who represented both South Africa and Gloucester during his career, admitted playing League is "alien" for him and his teammates.

"I think there is a feeling that Union and League are clashing against each other but it's opportunities like this that really bring us together at the bottom base," he explained.

The game is kicking off at 2pm on 30 March at Kingsholm Stadium.

Forces News will also be live-streaming the match across our website and Facebook page.