Leamington solicitor Richard Moon 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.

Mr Moon, who is head of employment law at Leamington solicitors Blythe Liggins, has been invited to play for a star-studded side 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.

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.

Mr Moon, a former scrumhalf for Cambridge University, Harlequins, England and the Barbarians, 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!” said Mr Moon, who is also a rugby commentator for BBC CWR and BBC 5 Live Sports Extra.

The match will take place on Saturday, August 20 at the ‘Stoop’, the Harlequins ground.

Caption: Richard Moon with the Harlequins jersey he wore in the John Player Cup-winning side of 1988.

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