Ross comes out of retirement for Help for Oscar match

Former Scotland fly-half Gordon Ross will come out of retirement to help raise money for Worcester schoolboy Oscar Saxelby-Lee on Wednesday evening.

Ross won 25 caps for Scotland between 2001 and 2006, including an appearance in the 2003 Rugby World Cup, and he also played top flight league rugby for Edinburgh, Leeds Carnegie, Castres, Saracens and London Welsh.

He will return to action at Sixways in a star-studded Warriors’ Staff side who will play a Worcester RFC XV in a curtain-raiser to the West Mercia Police v Warwickshire Police match in a Help for Oscar fund-raising evening.

Ross, who now coaches in the Three Pears Warriors Academy, will line up alongside two more former Premiership stars, ex-Gloucester full-back Rob Cook and former London Welsh scrum-half Rob Lewis.

Nick Tisdale, a former Warriors lock, will also line up for the staff team along with Ryan Watkins, Warriors AASE coach and Head Coach of National Two North team Luctonians.

The Warriors Staff v Worcester XV match will kick-off at 6pm and will be preceded by a mixed ability match at 5.25pm. West Mercia Police will play Warwickshire Police at 7.30pm.

All proceeds from the evening will be used to help send five-year-old Oscar Saxelby-Lee to Singapore for specialist leukaemia treatment which is not available on the National Health Service.

Oscar’s family and army of helpers have already smashed their initial target of £500,000 in just three weeks but they are continuing fund-raising to cover contingency plans in case Oscar needs more care or his recovery period in Singapore takes longer than anticipated.

The Sixways gates will open at 5pm with entry through the new Fanzone turnstiles.

The new Fanzone will be open throughout the evening with plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained including a rodeo rugby ball, an interactive challenge, face painter, glitter tattoos, a police car and police dogs and music provided by Jct7 pre-match and Come Together afterwards.

There will also be a range of fund-raising activities for Oscar including a bucket collection, the sale of wristbands, a bake sale in the Inn at the Side, a bikeathon, silent auction and raffle.

Greene King are generously supplying IPA, Becks, Stowford Press, Berry Cider and Guinness with the full value of sales on the night being donated to support Oscar.

Tickets are available in advance from the Warriors Ticket Office but tickets will also be on sale from the Warriors Ticket Office on the evening. Tickets can be purchased here.

On-site parking is available on a first-come-first-served basis with a donation to Oscar’s charity.

First Midland will be running one bus to Sixways Stadium from Crowngate Bus Station before the match with one return bus after the event.