Scrum-half turned solicitor lines up with rugby legends

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A SOLICITOR from Moreton Morrell will be playing alongside some of the greatest names in English rugby when he turns out for an invitation side as part of the Harlequins 150th anniversary celebrations.

Richard Moon will be in a star-studded line up selected by England rugby legend and former RFU president Jason Leonard, who was once the world’s most-capped forward and held the world record for winning the most international caps.

Also in the side will be Leonard’s fellow World Cup-winning teammate Will Greenwood.

His team will be playing against a side selected by Bob Hiller, the former England rugby captain and fullback whose score of 138 points was the England record at the time of his retirement.

Richard, who is head of employment law at Leamington solicitors Blythe Liggins in Leamington Spa, is a former scrumhalf for Cambridge University, Harlequins, England and the Barbarians. In addition to his day job he is a rugby commentator for BBC CWR and BBC 5 Live Sports Extra.

He said: “This is a real honour for me to have been selected by Jason, such a giant of the world rugby, and I look forward very much to playing alongside him and such luminaries as Will Greenwood, Peter Winterbottom, Mickey Skinner and other Harlequin greats.

“Although scrums will be uncontested and anybody putting in overzealous tackles will be ‘sin-binned’, my intention is to get on the field of play for a maximum of five minutes on the basis of self-preservation and a creaking body – but also to justify the rugby kit that we are to be given!”

The match will take place on Saturday at the ‘Stoop’, the Harlequins ground.