Former Wales internationals Colin Charvis, Tony Clement and Ian Gough are to come out of retirement for a special rugby match later this month.
They are to play in a charity game at Underhill Park in Mumbles on August 24 organised for Swansea Mind and Sarcoma UK.
The game will honour the memories of two youngsters from the city who tragically passed away.
University student William Hughes was found dead in Corfu a year ago, while his best friend Alex Rockefeller’s sister Abigail passed away after battling a rare form of bone cancer.
The two families have now organised a match to remember William and Abie.
William’s dad Stephen Hughes is the chairman of Swansea RFC and both Charvis and Clement are club legends, featuring in the sides Mike Ruddock and John Plumtree built during a golden era for the All Whites in the 1990s.
Charvis won 94 caps for Wales and also played for the Lions, while Clement played 37 times for his country and figured on two tours with the best of British and Irish rugby.
He also captained and coached the All Whites.
Clement will act as player-coach of the backs for the Sweet William XV against a Rockefeller XV, with Gough, a Grand Slam winner from 2005 and 2008, taking a similar role in charge of the forwards.
Charvis is expected to pack down in the back row alongside William’s brothers Andrew and Ollie Hughes.
Paul Moriarty will act as team manager, with Richard Lancaster overseeing the coaching.
Enzo Maccarinelli, who trained William at the Bonymaen ABC boxing gym in Swansea, is also set to be involved, along with the Swansea Gladiators.
William Hughes had been tipped to rise through the ranks of amateur boxing. After he passed away, Maccarinelli paid tribute to him, describing the youngster as a “tremendously talented kid” who “had everything going for him”.
He had been studying at Queen Mary University of London and had gone to Corfu to celebrate the end of his first year in college.
Friends, too, regarded former Bishop Vaughan Catholic School and University of Plymouth student Abie Rockefeller as an inspiration.
The occasion a fortnight on Saturday will also be about celebrating the lives of William and Abie.
Stephen Hughes said today: “The number one reason anyone decides to create a fundraising event is to support a charity which is close to their hearts. In this case, it is two.
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“The Hughes and Rockefeller families have been lifelong friends, first connecting when our children became friends at school.
“In the last two years, both families have been struck by tragedy.
“In 2018, William Hughes sadly took his own life. The family are heartbroken and are still yet to understand what brought Will to such a hopeless place. An outwardly vibrant and dynamic person, we still struggle to understand the reasons why he felt compelled to take such a devastating step.
“Although nothing would ever suffice, to come to terms with a problem which is affecting an increasing number of people, particularly young men — suicide is the most common cause of death for men aged approx. 18-49 in England and Wales — the Hughes family have thrown themselves behind the local Swansea Mind and are committed to helping those who suffer with mental health issues and their families.
“In 2019, the Rockefeller family tragically lost their daughter Abie to a rare form of bone cancer most common in teenagers, Ewing’s Sarcoma, which is notoriously hard to detect.
“Abie and her family fought a valiant battle but despite all their efforts she did succumb to it earlier this year. As a result of their tragedy, the Rockefellers threw their support behind cancer charity Sarcoma UK.”
Julie Hughes, mother of William, said: “We hope that Swansea will come out to support us. It is an event run by family and with family in mind. There will be no entrance fee, but charity buckets will be available for those who would like to make a contribution to a local cause and other fund-raising events will be taking place throughout the day.”
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