Tony Richards became the second Hammers player to win an England Legends Cap. Tony’s moment of glory came after playing in the Hammers vs London Irish Vets curtain raiser match at the Stoop. He clearly made an impression, as prop-legend Jason Leonard spotted his skills and asked him play 5 minutes in them main event; the England vs Ireland Legends match!
The nerves were palpable as Tony sat sweating on the England bench, but he did the Club proud. He lifted Simon Shaw in the lineout with ease, took a pounding in his first ruck and even mixed it up by hanging out in the backs. One spectator in the Etihad stand was heard asking if Victor Ubogu had taken to the field!
He coped well despite the pace of the game being quicker than he’s used to in the Hammers Vets side!
Tony was invited to change with the England team after the game where he was rightly brought back down to earth by Jason Leonard, who bullied him out of his spot in the changing room, with Tony heard to say “Sorry Mr Leonard!”. Respect where respect is due.
Fantastic effort, Tony. Congratulations!