Pennyhill Park, Surrey 16th March 2012 – As the 1,000,000th Land Rover Discovery continued on its journey from Birmingham to Beijing, tackling some of the highest roads through the Italian Alps, players from the England Rugby Team took time out of their RBS 6 Nations training schedule to lend their support to the Land Rover expedition crew.
Toby Flood speaking on behalf of the England Rugby team said: “The Journey of Discovery Expedition sounds like a fantastic adventure, one that I don’t think I will be undertaking in my own Discovery 4; however there is no other vehicle that I would choose to attempt it in.
“Given the chance, I would love to take on an expedition, seeing the sites of Nepal and other parts of Asia, but for now our focus is on the rugby. I will leave the 8,000 mile adventure to the Land Rover Experience expedition experts, keeping track of their progress online, and seeing how capable my vehicle is from a safe distance.”
Travelling on the scenic route from Geneva to Milan the Land Rover expedition crew, reliant on the Discovery 4’s all-terrain capability and Terrain Response™ system, to overcome difficult snow and ice conditions, welcomed the messages of support. Phil Jones, Land Rover Experience Expedition lead said: “We are overwhelmed by the level of support from Land Rover customers, enthusiasts, employees and now the England Rugby Team.”
The special expedition from Birmingham to Beijing aims to raise £1million for the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Land Rover’s Global Humanitarian Partner. The money raised will support a long-term water sanitation project in Uganda.
To watch the England Rugby team’s message of support and hear about their preparations for Saturday’s match against Ireland please visit the Land Rover YouTube channel: