Rugby: Alastair Hignell CBE

Former Rugby Union International, County Cricketer and Sports Broadcaster, Alastair Hignell CBE is one of our supporters.

Alastair's sporting prowess saw him winning Four Double Blues at Cambridge for Rugby Union and Cricket. He made his international debut for England Rugby in a brutal encounter with Australia in Brisbane at the tender age of just 19, whilst studying. 

"The Battle of Ballymore has gone down in history as one of the dirtiest matches in rugby history. Rugby commentators down the years have always cited it as a benchmark for the excesses of  the game's violent past. For me, though it was, and will always remain, the highpoint of my rugby career simply because it was the first time I had worn the white shirt with the red rose in an international match."

Just 8 days later he then played for Gloucestershire County Cricket Club against Middlesex in Bristol! An accomplished cricketer, Alastair played 170 first class matches. 

On retiring from professional sport, Alastair joined BBC Sport as a commentator, a position he held for 25 years.

An active campaigner and fundraiser, he was awarded a CBE for his services to Rugby and Charity.

In 2012 his autobiography "Higgy" was named the Rugby Book of the Year at the British Sports Books Awards.