STUART MANGAN MEMORIAL CUP
At the age of just 24, talented Irish flyhalf Stuart Mangan was seriously injured while playing for Hammersmith & Fulham Rugby Club in London on April 26 2008. Following a tackle, Stuart suffered a C-1 spinal fracture, causing him to lose all movement and stop breathing. He was kept alive by a team mate with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation until paramedics arrived.
Stuart was left permanently paralysed from the neck down and went from being a young man with everything going for him, to needing round-the-clock care and a ventilator to keep him breathing. Despite the challenges he faced, Stuart managed to inspire and touch all around him as he went on with daily life, taking each new day as it came. But on 7 August 2009, Stuart sadly passed away following breathing complications associated with his injury.
In honour of his courage, Stuart's friends, family and fellow players planned a charity match to raise funds for other injured players. The response of the rugby family was remarkable and the first Stuart Mangan Memorial Cup game was played at Twickenham Stoop in February 2010. Thanks to fantastic support from the England and Ireland Legends, the match has continued each year, played alternately in Dublin and Twickenham on the eve of the England v Ireland RBS Six Nations game, to raise funds for charities that support injured rugby players.