We are delighted to be holding a major rugby sporting lunch in London on Thursday 26th September previewing the Rugby World Cup tournament and featuring England’s early group game against the USA. Whether you’re looking for an exceptional Rugby world cup sporting dinner or lunch, this event is sure to deliver.
We are delighted to be holding our rugby lunch in London on Thursday 26th September previewing the Rugby World Cup tournament and featuring England’s early group game against the USA. We are thrilled to welcome two members of England’s glorious 2003 World Cup-winning team as our VIP guest speakers, combative flanker Lewis Moody and wily scrum-half Kyran Bracken. Our two legends will be previewing the World Cup and England’s prospects, as well as discussing their own stellar careers along with our Sky Sports host for the day, Adam Leventhal.
The event will be held in the magnificent Whitehall Suite at the 5-star Royal Horseguards Hotel close to Embankment Station and will include a delicious three course lunch, complimentary bar of beers/wines/soft drinks, giant screen coverage and analysis from our VIP guests with our Sky Sports presenter hosting.
Park Plaza Riverbank Package: We are delighted to confirm that our package at The Park Plaza Riverbank has now sold out. Our new event will take place at the luxurious Royal Horseguards Hotel, with all details below. If you have booked in for the Park Plaza Riverbank and need any further information, please feel free to contact us today.
England vs USA: England’s second fixture of the tournament follows their opener against Tonga on the 22nd September, and should provide an opportunity for the players to stake a claim for a starting place for the rest of the tournament. The USA have come a long way in recent years and enjoyed a cracking 2018 international campaign, winning 11 of their 14 matches including thrilling victories over Scotland, Samoa and Argentina. The side boasts some highly talented players including the likes of Cardiff Blues winger Blaine Scully, Worcester Warriors hooker Joe Taufete’e and London Irish centre Bryce Campbell. It should be a fascinating test for England as the look to build momentum going into the key fixtures.
Lewis Moody: Renowned for the infectious enthusiasm with which he played the game, his willingness to chase down opponents and his ability to compete for possession at restarts, Lewis Moody features high in the pantheon of great English forwards. For over a decade he represented his country with distinction, being a key player in the brilliant 2003 World Cup-winning team. He was one of the few to feature in all 7 of England’s matches, and was pivotal in the most iconic moment, winning the final line-out in the phase of play which led to Jonny Wilkinson’s winning drop goal. Having missed the 2007 Six Nations with an injury, he was still picked for the World Cup later that year and despite missing the first 3 matches with injury he reappeared to help drive England to the final with great performances in the quarters and semis, before the agonising loss to South Africa in the Final. In all he won 71 caps with an impressive 9 tries, and without recurrent injuries would surely have gained 100. A Leicester Tigers legend, he won every club honour available in an era when the club were the dominant force in English rugby.
Kyran Bracken: One of England’s most capped and finest ever scrum-halfs, Kyran won 51 caps in total including 4 appearances during England’s incredible World Cup campaign of 2003. For most of his England career he was in direct competition with another fine player and fellow World Cup winner in Matt Dawson, who ended his own career as England’s most-capped scum half ever with 77 appearances. The two of them dominated the position in the side for over a decade, during a period which could be claimed as the finest in the history of the England team. At club level he played initially for Bristol, before moving to Saracens, where he represented the club with distinction for a decade. The highlight of his domestic career came in the Tetley Bitter Cup Final in 1998 at Twickenham, where Sarries thumped Wasps 48-18 to win the club’s first major trophy in their 122 year history, with Kyran weighing in with a try. A qualified solicitor, Kyran famously won the 2007 ‘Dancing on Ice’ series, shortly after his retirement from professional rugby in 2006.
Adam Leventhal: Our host for the evening is Sky Sports’ very own Adam Leventhal, who is a presenter on Sky Sports News coverage of all the big sporting stories, and a regular host of our sporting lunches and dinners. Starting at Sky as a reporter in 2003, Adam’s professionalism and obvious love of sport saw him become a presenter in 2010, and he is now one of the most recognisable faces at the broadcasting giant. A big rugby fan, Adam’s knowledge of the sport will ensure that our guests are in for a great day’s entertainment at the Royal Horseguards!
Royal Horseguards Hotel: Nestled between the River Thames and Trafalgar Square, this beautiful 5-star hotel has a luxurious mix of history and modern style. In a landmark Victorian building that was once the Secret Service’s HQ, our venue is just a 2-minute walk from Embankment Underground Station. The Whitehall Suite is a grand high-ceilinged space perfect for a screening but with the fabulous architecture and décor you would expect from a classic Victorian era building. Expect high class catering and service to compliment our screening event with two England legends.