‘Let England get on with it!’

Sporting Lunch at Jurys Inn with Jon Sleightholme (speaker), Zachary Maiden (rugby) David Abel (Scotthall - sponsor) Matthew Lee (handball) and Martin Hynes (speaker)

Sporting Lunch at Jurys Inn with Jon Sleightholme (speaker), Zachary Maiden (rugby) David Abel (Scotthall - sponsor) Matthew Lee (handball) and Martin Hynes (speaker)

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RUGBY old boys called for the media to leave the England players to get on with winning the World Cup when they answered questions in Milton Keynes on Friday

Ex England internationals Jon Sleightholme, Leon Lloyd and Welsh international Mike Rayer were quizzed on rugby matters at Milton Keynes Sporting Lunch Club, at Jurys Inn.

One of the subjects was the partying exploits of the England players, including Mike Tindall, the husband of Zara Phillips, the daughter of the Princess Royal.

Mr Sleightholme joked the antics would have been a ‘lot worse’ if he had been involved and added: “The Royal family connection is the only reason it’s in the papers.”

Mr Rayer said the players should be allowed to enjoy the occasion. But Mr Lloyd added there should have been a curfew on activities.

More than 200 local business people attended the event, organised to raise money for Sports Aid, which helps local young stars of the future. The lunch raised £1,750 for the cause.

England U16 rugby player Zachary Maiden and GB U21 handball international Matthew Lee both received cheques for £500 to help them with sporting costs.

Sports Aid regional director Roger Fennemore said the recognition gives a great boost to youngsters as they set out on their careers. An amazing 18 out of 19 GB gold medals at the Beijing Olympics went to stars who had been backed by Sports Aid.

David Abel, of BMW dealer Scotthall, in Milton Keynes, presented a cheque for £1,200 to the charity, the proceeds of an Olympics event at the showroom in Northfield Drive, Northfield, and a golf day.

The next lunch club on November 25 is due to feature diver Tom Daley.

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