Monday, 15 August 2022

Former England star attends rugby dinner

Former England star attends rugby dinner

FORMER England and Lions lock Simon Shaw was the guest speaker at Henley Rugby Club’s sportsman’s dinner.

About 130 people attended the black-tie  event at Phyllis Court Club.

 The MC was former England scrum-half Andy Gomarsall and there was entertainment from table magician Ian Gamic.

After the four-course dinner, there was an auction with top prizes of a week’s holiday in Barbados, a sailing experience on a yacht and a rowing session with Olympic champion Will Satch. Alistair Beynon, the club’s commercial manager said: “It was a brilliant night. Andy and Simon know each other really well from England and the Lions.

“There were some old rugby stories and some from the Lions’ tours.

“Simon’s a really good guy. He kept his table entertained and was mingling with supporters and sponsors and making them feel part of the evening. Andy did a fantastic job too.”

The evening raised about £13,000 for the club.

• A Picture This feature from the dinner will appear in next week’s Henley Standard.

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