Recalling a rugby hero

Martin Johnson on the day he met young rugby enthusiasts at a Wiltshire school more than ten years ago. The Happy Moonraker understands that he broke no chairs during his visit.

Martin Johnson on the day he met young rugby enthusiasts at a Wiltshire school more than ten years ago. The Happy Moonraker understands that he broke no chairs during his visit.

NO-ONE wants to be guilty of breaking an antique chair but that is apparently what happened the other day to Martin Johnson, former Leicester Tiger, England and British Lions rugby captain.

He is a big guy. 6ft 7ins tall and weighing upwards of 20 stone these days, or so The Happy Moonraker is led to believe. In his playing prime he weighed in at a mere 18st 9lb.

When he was invited to 10 Downing Street, the Prime Minister invited him to sit down and the 200-year-old chair gave way under the strain. How desperately embarrassing for one of England’s 2003 World Cup-winning heroes.

He is a really nice fellow and The Happy Moonraker still feels greatly honoured to have met him and to have survived shaking hands with him. He got on well with the youngsters he coached on a visit to a South Wiltshire school back in 2004. The visit took place because the parent of two pupils at the school bid successfully at a charity auction for a day with Martin Johnson and his old team mate Austin Healey.

 

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