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Legends honour Wheeler's services to the game

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Many of the biggest names in world rugby over the last 40 years were guests at Welford Road for a dinner in honour of Peter Wheeler's lengthy service to Leicester Tigers and the game of rugby.

Gareth Edwards, Phil Bennett, Sir Clive Woodward, Martin Johnson, Jason Leonard, Bill Beaumont, Fergus Slattery and Tigers chairman Peter Tom were among those who spoke warmly of Peter’s work and his achievements as a player in an evening hosted by TV presenter John Inverdale.
Martin Corry, Darren Garforth, Rory Underwood, Ian Smith, Dderek Quinnell, Dusty Hare, Bleddyn Jones, JPR Williams, David Duckham, Roger Utley, Steve Smith, George Chuter, Mickey Steele-Bodger, Matt Hampson and Tigers’ record appearance-maker David Matthews were also on the star-studded guest list.
Wheeler said: “It is amazing to see so many great names of the game here to share in the occasion. It is a memorable evening and a special event for us all.”
Wheeler joined Tigers as a hooker in 1969, captained the team to the John Player Cup treble and has also served as coach, chief executive, president and director in a long association with the club now well into its fifth decade. He also captained England, went on two Lions tour and has played a prominent role in the administration of the professional game in England and Europe.