Lions star to be guest at Sports­man’s Lun­cheon

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

SAM War­bur­ton, cap­tain of the Bri­tish & Ir­ish Lions on their re­cent tour of New Zealand, is to be guest of hon­our at the Mid­lands Sports­man’s Lun­cheon at the Mac­don­ald Birm­ing­ham Ho­tel on De­cem­ber 20.

It is a coup for sport in the city to at­tract a man who is a leg­end be­fore he has even fin­ished play­ing.

Boast­ing 74 caps for Wales, he is un­beaten as a two-time Bri­tish & Ir­ish Lions leader – hav­ing been vic­to­ri­ous 2-1 in Aus­tralia in 2013 there were hero­ics ear­lier this year as New Zealand were held 1-1 with the fi­nal Test drawn.

Mas­ter of cer­e­monies is another for­mer in­ter­na­tional, Tim Stimp­son.

The event, or­gan­ised by Event­mas­ters, and which last year raised £6,300 for rugby’s chil­dren’s char­ity Wooden Spoon, at­tracts an au­di­ence of around 250, but is ex­pected to be more this year.

Event­mas­ters boss Denise Sheasby said: “We are thrilled that Sam has ac­cepted our in­vi­ta­tion to be guest of hon­our. He is hugely ad­mired across the rugby world, is a fine speaker, and is sure to pro­vide an amaz­ing in­sight into life with the Lions.

“We are ex­pect­ing a big re­sponse from fans of the oval ball and in­deed sports en­thu­si­asts gen­er­ally. This is def­i­nitely one where you will need to sign up early or risk miss­ing out.”

Prices are £150 per per­son in­clu­sive of VAT.

Event­mas­ters ar­ranges pack­ages for thou­sands of clients to at­tend big sport­ing oc­ca­sions across rugby, horse rac­ing, ten­nis, foot­ball, cricket and other sports.

> Sam War­bur­ton

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