<1r>Guinness Premiership top try scorer Sailosi Tagicakibau joined England internationals Steffon Armitage, Nick Kennedy and Irish teammate Ryan Lamb to challenge a Reading team that included current players Oliver Bozanic and Adam Federici.
The outcome of the tug of war was no surprise with London Irish emerging as clear winners, but the event proved the perfect opportunity to promote the Paint the Town Pink campaign currently taking place throughout October as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Both clubs are backing the campaign which encourages everyone in Reading to hold their own pink fundraising event in support of the charity.
For the match between London Irish and Leicester Tigers on Saturday October 24, the Exiles are encouraging fans to wear pink and make a donation, and even the the matchday referees will also be pretty in pink!
Colin Norford, Breast Cancer Campaign’s Senior Community Development Manager, said: “It’s fantastic that London Irish and Reading FC are fully supporting Paint the Town Pink.
“Their efforts have been crucial in making our new pink month a success and we really appreciate it. We want as many people as possible to get involved in Paint the Town Pink and this pink tug of war was a perfect way to inspire more people to take part.”
To buy tickets for the London Irish v Leicester Tigers fixture call 0844 249 1871 or visit www.londonirish.talent-sport.co.uk.
For more information on organising your own event, or to take part in any of the Paint the Town Pink events, call 020 7749 3731 or visit www.breastcancercampaign.org.