Organisers hope for a bumper turnout for charity match in honour of Howell Phillips

Howell Phillips (centre) with Plympton Victoria at last year’s Ellis Trophy final

ORGANISERS are hoping a bumper crowd will turn out at Brickfields on Monday night for charity match in honour of popular city rugby coach Howell Phillips (7.30pm).

The St Boniface Old Boys XV v Howell’s Select XV game will race money for Cancer Research UK.

The event is being organised by former St Boniface College pupils, who were coached by Phillips at school.

Phillips, who until January was head coach of Plympton Victoria, is battling cancer.

The rugby-mad Welshman has dedicated his life to the sport and has worked tirelessly coaching in Plymouth.

As well as working with pupils at St Boniface College for years, Phillips has also coached Plymouth Argaum, OPMs and Plympton Victoria.

St Boniface College have produced a lot of good players over the years.  Luke and Tom Arscott, Jack Arnott, Chris Lowrie, Jack Gilding and Jake Murphy are among the players to have come through the school and go on to play professionally.

Lowrie is set to feature for the St Boniface Old Boys side on Monday, along with Howell’s son Rhys.

The Select XV will be made up of players from clubs Phillips has worked with over the years.

Entry into the match is free, but people are asked to make a donation to Cancer Research UK, which is Phillips’ chosen charity.

There will also be an auction and raffle on the night, with lots of rugby memorabilia up for grabs.

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