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Pundits and players star at SporTedd’s Rugby World Cup preview

(from left to right) Fijian coach, Glen Jackson, Harlequins coach and former All Black, Nick Evans, TV presenter Jill Douglas, ex-England and Lions star Ugo Monye, Sunday Times rugby writer Stephen Jones and TV presenter John Inverdale

The Teddington-based community group SporTedd which raises funds for local sports-themed projects welcomed a panel of well-known experts to discuss the upcoming Rugby World Cup in France.

Fijian coach Glen Jackson spoke of their history-making win over England, with Nick Evans, former New Zealand fly half and Jill Douglas

The group included former England, Harlequins and British & Irish Lions star Ugo Monye, now a rugby pundit and team captain on Question of Sport and a Teddington resident.

He was joined by former All Blacks fly half, Nick Evans, now a coach at Quins, Sunday Times’ rugby writer Stephen Jones and TV presenters Jill Douglas and John Inverdale.

Ex-England and Lions star and Question of Sport captain Ugo Monye confident about England’s World Cup chances

The evening at The Wharf in Teddington was made  even more special by the unexpected attendance and support from two coaches from the Fijian team which created history by beating England at Twickenham last Saturday, Glen Jackson and Graham Dewes.

During a lively Q and A session the panel gave their views on the likely finalists in the World Cup which starts a week today (September 8) and one agreed outcome was the final would be between the two teams which start the tournament – France and New Zealand.

Ugo Monye was robust in his support of England who play their first match against Argentina next Saturday (September 9) and was confident they would advance to the latter stages.

Raffles prizes included two nights at a Shepherd’s Hut in Dorset, a signed England rugby short, a photo montage of Jonny Wilkinson’s World Cup winning drop goal, tickets for a Champions League match, tickets for Quins v Saracens and tickets for the Lionesses’ match against Scotland.

The evening raised £1963 for SporTedd.

Panel face questions from guests, Stephen Jones, John Inverdale, Glen Jackson, Jill Douglas, Ugo Monye and Nick Evans

SporTedd also agreed to donate £2000 to a Fiji-based cancer charity for children which is being supported by the Fijian rugby team during their stay in Shepperton and before their Rugby World Cup kicks off against Wales next Sunday (10th September) in Bordeaux.

Fijian coach Graham Dewes was a guest on eve of departure for Bordeaux

SporTedd has raised over £70.000 to support over 40 sport-themed projects in the Borough of Richmond. If you wish to get involved or you are involved in a local sports project which would benefit from a financial leg up please contact us.