Britsh and Irish Lions rugby legend on his way to Hartlepool

John Bentley

John Bentley

AN international rugby legend will be the special guest at a sportsman’s dinner in aid of a town charity.

John Bentley played at the top level in both rugby codes throughout a hugely impressive career.

The Dewsbury-born winger represented Great Britain in the rugby league World Cup before making the switch to rugby union and playing for the British & Irish Lions during their victorious tour to South Africa in 1997.

The 47-year-old, who won the Premiership title with Newcastle Falcons, is heading to Hartlepool for an event in support of Hartlepool & District Hospice on Friday, March 14.

He will look back on his outstanding career in both codes and give the town’s rugby fans the chance to meet him in person.

The evening, at Hartlepool Rovers Rugby Club, in West View Road, also includes a two course dinner, charity auction and a raffle.

Greg Hildreth, the hospice’s events fundraiser, said: “We are really looking forward to working with both John and Hartlepool Rovers for this event.

“Our sportsman’s dinners have always been great fundraisers and have provided a fantastic night of entertainment.”

John will join an illustrious list of rugby legends who have visited the town over the years in support of the hospice including Kenny Logan, Dean Richards and Scott Quinnell.

Tickets for the event are priced at £30 or a table of 10 can be bought together for £300 which includes entry into the raffle. To book tickets call Greg on (01429) 855555 or visit




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