Good sports back injured Rugby player

By ADRIAN MILLER

INJURED rugby union player Richard Allen has felt the support of his home town Bangalow since a bad tackle during a game in April left him paralysed from the neck down. Now he is about to feel the support of the national rugby union fraternity.

Peter FitzSimons is one of Australia's most well renowned authors; a former Wallaby and much-loved newspaper columnist.

Nick Farr-Jones is a rugby World Cup winning captain who was once considered to be the 'best half-back in the world'.

On June 15 FitzSimons and Farr-Jones will be the guests of honour at the Bangalow A&I Hall as the community comes together again to raise funds for Allen.

As well as two of Australia's best known rugby players, the lunch will feature former Parramatta Eels rugby league great Ray Price as well as former Wallaby and Eastern Suburbs league player Peter Crittle.

The lunch will be hosted by the ABC's Mick O'Regan But the guest speakers won't be the only reason for attendance, with a number of rare and limited items going under the hammer.

They include a rugby jersey signed by all six World Cup winning captains, a Wallabies Blazer owned by Steve Cutler and a Stephen Larkham Wallabies jersey.

While Richard won't be in Bangalow for the event ? he's still in Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital undergoing treatment ? his friends are hoping to film the lunch for him to watch at a later date.

Writing on his website, www.richardallen.com.au, wife Kylie said Richard had been doing extremely well recently ? especially after a visit by former Wallaby captain George Gregan and Tim Horan on Thursday.

"Richard is doing really well since being given the go-ahead to eat whatever he wants," she wrote.

Kylie and the couple's four-year-old daughter Clover have moved to Brisbane to be near Richard but they hope to return to Bangalow once Richard is released from hospital.

The fundraiser aims to raise enough money to buy the family a block of land in Bangalow and build a purpose built house for them.



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