Gordon Dale, who served with the Royal Air Force and was injured playing rugby in 1985, is still very much part of the Injured Players Foundation family although now living in the land of the long white cloud.

When the IPF discovered that the RAF Vultures, the force’s over-35 team, would be playing in New Zealand during the Lions tour, a call was put in to Wing Commander Matt Cornish who was organising the tour. Matt arranged for Gordon to be hosted at one of the Vultures games against the New Zealand Defence Force.

Said Gordon: “We had a great day and really enjoyed the company of all the guys. Matt was very helpful and looked after us. The banter was just the same on the touchline and after the match. There is still that family feeling from people brought together by a rugby ball and a few drinks. The day also rekindled memories of my time with the RAF and playing rugby for RAF Marham, so many thanks IPF!”’

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