English and Irish Surgeons in Rugby Operation
March 16, 2006

On the morning of Saturday March 18th, The Royal College of Surgeons of England play the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland at Old Deer Park in Richmond, in the inaugural intercollegiate match between the two colleges. The game kicks off at 12pm and launches a great day of rugby, fun and fundraising on 'Super Saturday'.

For the last four years the Royal College of Surgeons England have played against the Royal College of Surgeons Scotland on the day of the Calcutta Cup for the Park-Parker Cup.

These matches have provided some exciting open rugby and to date the matches are even at two each. On Saturday, Surgeons and trainee Surgeons from hospitals in Ireland travel across the Irish seas to complete for the new Rosin-Tanner Cup.

David Rosin is the vice-president of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Arthur Tanner the director of surgical affairs at the Royal College in Ireland. They will both be in attendance to present the cup to the winning team prior to the other rugby action kicks off, the RBS Six Nations.

To add to the day there is a marquee with big screens, beer and food for all those fans who don't have tickets to attend the final RBS Six Nations games. The marquee opens at 11am and LIVE coverage of the first game kicks off at 1.30pm, Italy v Scotland, followed by Wales v France at 3.30pm and England v Ireland at 5.30pm. And once the games are over the fun doesn't stop as a DJ will entertain into the evening.

Sports fans are invited to come and spend the day at the home of London Welsh for the rugby fest where all the proceeds from the day will go to Wooden Spoon, the charity of British and Irish Rugby.

In addition to the exciting match between two highly competitive surgical sides, there is also a specialist coaching session for local children. This is a chance for these youngsters to get some first hand tips from some experienced rugby stars, including Kyran Bracken, Honorary President of the London Committee of Wooden Spoon and his teammates.

Jon Negus, the captain of English surgeons, trainee orthopaedic surgeon and organiser of the event said: "Our side is a mixture of surgeons, junior doctors affiliated to the college and medical students with an interest in surgery.

"Our game against Scotland last year at London Welsh was a big success when we had around 4,000 spectators and raised £5,000 for Wooden Spoon. London Welsh have done a huge amount to ensure this event is successful and Wooden Spoon thanks them for their great support"

If you need any more details, please visit www.woodenspoon.com or to book your tickets in advance please contact Jon Negus on 07712 667753.
Entrance for the day is £10.

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