|Halfback Luxford taking on the British Army at the International Defence Rugby Cup has been selected in the Southern Hemisphere XV.|
Some of rugby union’s greatest legends will run on to Twickenham Stadium in London on Saturday, December 3, 2011 for the ‘Heroes Rugby Challenge’.
The game will feature a Northern Hemisphere Help for Heroes XV taking on the Southern Hemisphere XV.
The aim of the fixture is to raise funds for 'the blokes': those men and women of the Armed Forces who have been wounded in the service of their country.
Proceeds from the charity match are targeted in excess of £1 million and will go towards helping fund the services which specialise in the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded servicemen and women in the UK, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.
A whole host of stars have lined up to participate including former Wallabies Phil Waugh and Joe Roff as well as All Blacks Rugby World Cup 2011 winner Adam Thomson and former All Blacks Justin Marshall and Andrew Mehrtens; as well as some of the best talent drawn from the professional game. And joining them in the charity event is former Beecroft-Cherrybrook and Eastwood junior rugby player Tony Luxford, now a staff cadet at Royal Military College Duntroon, who has been selected in the Southern Hemisphere XV.
Luxford’s selection at halfback comes after his excellent form for the Australian Services Rugby team in recent games including the inaugural International Defence Rugby Competition played in Australia and New Zealand alongside the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Six servicemen have been selected for the Southern Hemisphere team (two each from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa) and Luxford is one of the two Australians. Luxford has also played for the Junior Waratahs and in the first grade team for Randwick Rugby Club in the Sydney premiership competition in recent years.
The battle of the Hemispheres is supported by leading international investment bank J.P. Morgan. The Southern Hemisphere team is to be managed by Australian and All Black World Cup winners Michael Lynagh and Sean Fitzpatrick with RWC 2011 winning All Black coach Wayne Smith and Italy RWC Coach Nick Mallett at the coaching helm.