Tuesday 26 September 2017

Fantastic to be able to pay tribute to Axel

'It's always great when it's done for a good cause too, and Axel's family were really grateful for all that went on' Photo: Sportsfile
'It's always great when it's done for a good cause too, and Axel's family were really grateful for all that went on' Photo: Sportsfile

David Wallace

It was fantastic to be able to pay tribute to Axel and his family last weekend when the Ireland Legends beat England at the RDS in Dublin, writes David Wallace.

It was a tough night for all involved, and even though we played with rolling subs, it was taxing on the fitness levels.

I retired from rugby with a knee injury a few years back, and since then I hurt the other one.

It was definitely just a once-off from my point of view.

But it was a brilliant experience to be playing again, and just to be involved in a special occasion like that. Everyone got into the spirit of it.

It's a real rugby thing, to be able to get together like that, with former team-mates, play a game against guys you might not have seen for years, and then everyone gets together for a pint afterwards and to share a few fond memories with each other.

It's always great when it's done for a good cause too, and Axel's family were really grateful for all that went on.

I have to give credit to Shane Byrne and Len Dinneen for selling out the RDS, and the big function they created afterwards.

There was a huge crowd at both, and all of their hard work and effort was gratefully appreciated by Charitable Trust.

And a big thank you to all those who turned out to support it.

Irish Independent

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