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Hambo and Deacs humbled by Legends support

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Louis Deacon and Matt Hampson say they were humbled by the support for the Legends clash at Welford Road on Sunday.

Hambo’s team of International Legends, captained by Jason Robinson, took on Deacon’s Tigers Legends, which were captained by Martin Johnson.

A crowd of 16,500, the highest attendance for a rugby match in the UK over the weekend, were at Welford Road to watch the International Legends run out 41-19 winners.

The game was in support of the Matt Hampson Foundation and the Louis Deacon Benefit Year, which is supporting the Foundation and the Scotty's Little Soldiers charity.

Hambo said: “It was a really special day for me and Deacs, to have so many legends turn up to play was very humbling.

“And the fans, well what can I say? We hoped to hit 10,000 so to see 16,500 was incredible and I thank everyone who turned up to create such an awesome atmosphere.

“The game was good to watch and we all enjoyed a few beers in the bar after. As always the Tigers fans proved why they are the best rugby fans around.”

Deacs added: “We were blown away by it. To have that many people there and the biggest crowd of the weekend to support us was awesome – Tigers fans are the best in the world.

“The players were awesome – the game was a bit more physical than I expected. Brett (Deacon) came off and said it was a physical game.

“It was a good reunion for everyone and they really enjoyed it.”