Former Rotherham and Gloucester backs to feature in October's showcase match
Henry Paul and Mike Umaga have become the latest players to join the Southern Hemisphere Legends ranks ahead of October’s Legend match at Kingston Park.
The pair join a growing list of players ready to provide opposition to the Falcons legends, with the likes of Terry Fanolua, Thinus Delport, Andre Snyman and Stefan Treblanche already confirmed.
Capped 13 times for Samoa, Umaga is the older brother of New Zealand legend Tana Umaga and played most of his career at Rotherham Titans.
The Lower Hutt born back made 133 appearances for the club, scoring 38 tries from 1997 – 2004 and jointly holds the club’s record for the most conversions in a single game with 10.
Dual code international Paul, started his career in rugby league making over 250 appearances for Wakefield, Wigan and Bradford.
In 2001, he moved to Gloucester RFC and after settling into the inside centre position, went on to take to the field on 96 occasions for the Cherry and Whites.
Paul scored a total of 702 points and earned six England caps during his Kingsholm career and after a three season return to Rugby League with Harlequins, he moved to the then Leeds Carnegie, where he played a pivotal role in securing a return to the Aviva Premiership for the 2009/10 season.
With further announcements due in the coming weeks, anticipation is building towards the match which will kick off a massive week for the sport in the region, taking place on the eve of the first Rugby World Cup pool game at Kingston Park.
Falcons World Cup Events officer Andy Buist, who has been working tirelessly to secure the legends players said: “It’s great to have both Mike and Henry involved in our legends match, they are popular players on and off the field and so it is fantastic news that they are supporting our Foundation event."
"Mike and Henry actually joined us last week at our charity golf day at Close Hose. It was a great day as we had the Webb Ellis trophy there and the response both players received from our guests was really positive."
"They are genuine rugby legends who are very down to earth and I look forward to seeing them playing on the pitch at Kingston park. I know the our fans will enjoy watching them and also having a drink with them after the match.”
Tickets for the game on October 2nd are available now and can be booked by clicking here or by calling 0871 2266060