The Leinster Rugby and Ireland Cricket squads have been announced for Friday’s Charity 20-20 Cricket match in Pembroke Cricket Club (Monkstown FC), Sandymount, Dublin 4 with proceeds set to go to Spinal Injuries Ireland…TICKETS ON SALE ON THE GATE…


LEINSTER RUGBY PANEL: Leo Auva’a, Andre Botha, Peter Breen, Jordan Coghlan, Andrew Conway, John Cooney, Aaron Dundon, Emmet Farrell, Alan Lewis, Jack McGrath, Isa Nacewa (wkt), Dominic Ryan, Jonathan Sexton, Richardt Strauss (Captain)

Manager: Gerry Murphy

IRELAND CRICKET PANEL: Trent Johnston (Captain), Phil Simmons, Kevin O’Brien, John Mooney, Alex Cusack , Max Sorensen, Andrew Poynter, Andrew Balbirnie, Clare Shillington, Kim Garth, Isobel Joyce, Cecilia Joyce, Shane Byrne, Ross O’Carroll Kelly

Manager: John Hoey

This inaugural mid summer festival is a major event in the fund raising calendar of Spinal Injuries Ireland. The initiative which is fully endorsed and supported by both Cricket Ireland and Leinster Rugby is aimed at encouraging children in the Leinster community to get healthy, get active, to get outdoors and play cricket and rugby.

Spinal Injuries Ireland aims to use this event to raise funds for the charity whilst simultaneously showcasing and promoting the development of cricket and rugby for children throughout Leinster. The recent ongoing success’s of both sports has reached new heights, and never before have we seen so much interest and enthusiasm generated around these two sports in the community.

Commenting on the event, Phillip Quinlan, Chief Fundraiser for Spinal Injuries Ireland said, “We are absolutely thrilled to have the support of both Leinster Rugby & Cricket Ireland for this unique sporting event. The monies raised from the event will go towards building a transitional living unit for patients who have no suitable accommodation to go to on discharge from the National Rehabilitation Hospital. So this is a vital and much needed fundraiser for us.”

The main event will see Leinster Rugby take on Ireland’s Cricket team – with both teams fielding their senior players!! It will be an action packed fun-filled day for children and parents alike. Leinster Rugby are bringing the Heineken Cup, while their development officers together with key players will be showing everyone why they are the kings of Europe with master classes of place kicking, tackling and passing. If cricket is your thing, Cricket Ireland will be on hand for Master classes of bowling, fielding and batting delivered by their development officers and key players in Irish Cricket. These master- classes are a must for any Rugby or Cricket enthusiast and will take place throughout the day.

With bouncy castles, face-painting, entertainment, master-classes, and of course the opportunity to witness this unique sporting event, the Battle of the Big Hitters is sure to be the ultimate day out for any family.


Family: €;30
Adult: €;15
Child: €;5