25 years on: RICS Centenary Rugby Match

Gillian Charlesworth

Director of Regulatory and Corporate Affairs (RICS)

Who’d have thought that a signed rugby ball last played in 1989 could be so cherished by four RICS members? In reuniting it with its handlers, we've raised much-needed funding for the work of CRASH, the construction charity.

RICS Rugby Centenary match

CRASH received a £500 donation from Simon Cooke FRICS, Executive Director of APAM Ltd, in exchange for the ball used in an RICS Centenary Rugby Challenge match on 27 September 1989.

We turned to our Facebook page earlier in the year after finding the rugby relic in our surveying archives where Simon got in touch to make an offer on the ball for CRASH. Simon was joined at RICS HQ in mid-December by fellow surveyors who lined up with him at London’s Blackheath Rugby Club 25 years ago.

RICS Rugby Centenary match Chris Mills

Nigel Rowe MRICS, Senior Vice President at Prologis UK, Nick Barnes-Batty MRICS, Director at Knutsford Asset Management and Chris Mills FRICS, CBRE’s Executive Director, joined Simon and posed for photos with CRASH’s Communications Manager Emma Brophy, who welcomed the cash injection for the charity’s vital work.

It’s great to receive this kind donation from APAM which will support our projects benefiting homeless charities looking to improve their premises. I’m from a rugby family myself so it was interesting to meet up with the players, all of whom are still clearly passionate about the sport and their careers in surveying.

The match between an RICS President’s XV and a Young RICS President’s XV, played before a sizeable crowd:

The rugby match was an exhibition game but it was a very competitive one. The Junior President’s XV ran out very narrow winners with Steve Moriarty, later a professional player for Harlequins, scoring a last-minute try to secure a 48-45 win.

Gavin Hastings OBE, then just an amateur player alongside his role as a chartered surveyor, also played that day. Despite going on to be one of Scotland’s greatest ever rugby union players, I remember that he missed an easy conversion under the posts! 

chris_mills_simon_cooke_emma_brophy_nigel_rowe_nick_barnes_batty_asnThe team from 1989

There are five full international capped players in the two teams, one England Captain and one future Scotland Captain.

A number played for England B, Scotland B, England U23 or England Students, and most were county standard players in their day, when the counties provided the main route to international teams. Teams represented in the picture include Wasps, Richmond, Harlequins, London Scottish, London Irish, Bath, Bristol Rosslyn Park & London Welsh. There are also 11 Cambridge Blues in the shot.

Rugby Centenary line up

Back row

Andrew Horle (Smith Gore, Senior Partner), David Nunn, Unknown, Unknown, David Kenningham (Dalgleish /CBRE / David Kenningham Ltd / Richmond FC), Neil Edwards ( Healey & Baker / Green Parking MD / Scotland / Harlequins RFC), John Ellison ( Richard Ellis / Cambridge University Blue / Wasps / Lewis Ellis founding Partner), Richard Moffitt ( M3 / CBRE Exec Director / Newcastle RFC), Mark Holden (EC Harris), RICS Junior President (possibly), Chris Brierly (Chester RFC / Orrell RFC / British Police / North of England), Grant Monger-Godfrey ( Monger Godfrey), Peter Lillington ( Scottish Widows Investment Director / Scotland B / Harlequins), Unknown, Nick Barnes-Batty (Richard Ellis / Lewis Ellis / Barnes RFC), Charlie Vyvyan (Donaldsons / Teesland / Unite Student Housing/ Campus Management founding Director / Cambridge University / Richmond FC / Sale Sharks RFC), Richard Fisk ( CBRE / Pudney Shuttleworth Partner (Leeds) / Wimbledon RFC), James Marshall ( Marshall Construction, Managing Director / Jones Lang Wootton / Wimbledon RFC / RICS RFC President), Andrew Harriman ( Richard Ellis /Cambridge University / Harlequins RFC / England  / World Cup Sevens Winner), Unknown, Andy Martin ( DTZ / Cambridge University  / London Welsh / Newport RFC), Unknown

Front row (kneeling)

Mark Thomas ( Richard Ellis / Cambridge University / Rosslyn Park / Monaco Olympic Bobsleigh Team!), Chris Mackaness ( DTZ / Grimley/ Nottingham RFC / Richmond FC), Unknown, Richard “Corky” Harding ( England Captain1988 / Bristol RFC / Cambridge University / Richard Harding Estate Agents Senior Partner), Simon Cooke ( Richard Ellis / Morgan Grenfell / APAM, MD / Cambridge University /Surrey / London Irish / Harlequins), Chris Mills ( CBRE Executive Director / Highcross / Strutt & Parker / Richmond FC / England Students / Middlesex RFC), Steve Moriarty ( Clive Lewis & Partners / Richard Ellis / Moriarty & Co, founding partner / Cambridge University / Harlequins / Wanderers South Africa / England Students / Surrey), Simon Smith ( Richard Ellis / Fletcher King / Cambridge University / Wasps / Middlesex / England), Nigel Rowe ( King Sturge / Prologis, Senior Vice President / Streatham & Croydon RFC), Gavin Hastings ( Richard Ellis / Cambridge University / London Scottish / Scotland captain / British Lions captain), Mark McNamee (Smith & Co / Capital Bank / Cityheart Chester MD), Unknown,  Unknown.

Missing presumed injured were  - Rob Andrew (DTZ / now RFU Director / Wasps / England), Marcus Rose ( Richard Ellis / DTZ / Harlequins / England), Huw Davies ( Harbert Management / Wasps / Middlesex / England), John Kingston ( Hillier Parker / Harlequins ( forwards coach now) / Middlesex / London Division), Mark Hancock ( Strutt & Parker / Richmond RFC / England B), Andrew Yeandle ( Richard Ellis / Strutt & Parker / Cardiff RFC / Wales B)

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