Moore in good spirits

FORMER England hooker Brian Moore has issued a light-hearted response to the goodwill messages that have greeted news of his heart attack.

Monday, 10th April 2017, 8:38 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 6:31 pm
High Peak Conservative MP, Andrew Bingham, attended an event at Westminster recently to throw his weight behind the Sport and Recreation Alliances Red Card to Red Tape campaign, which aims to help sports clubs in the High Peak. Commentator and former England rugby union international Brian Moore joined Andrew at the event, which highlighted the Alliances campaign to reduce the regulatory burden on sports clubs. Andrew said: Sport and recreation clubs are a vital part of our social fabric. There are dozens of clubs in the High Peak that do a fantastic job providing sports facilities for their members, as well as providing valuable social work within the community. Most of them are run by volunteers who put in a lot of time and effort to give their membership the chance to take part in sport. They deserve more support, and cutting bureaucracy for clubs would provide tangible benefits for all involved. I am asking the Government to examine the Alliances report and cut red tape for grassroots sport. If im

Moore, whose international career spanned eight years and included three World Cups, revealed on his Twitter account on Saturday morning that he is recovering in a London hospital.

But having thanked hospital staff for the care he has received, the television pundit was then able to make light of his condition.

He wrote: “As this is starting to get out – I’m in ICU of St George’s having suffered heart attack. Thanks to the professionals who saved my life.

“I’m trying to work out whether nearly 5K of likes over the news I’ve had a heart attack is sympathy or schadenfreude.”

Moore won 64 caps between 1987 and 1995 and made five further Test appearances for the British and Irish Lions.

He lived in Illingworth, Halifax, with adoptive parents and began his rugby career with Old Crossleyans in the town. He attended Crossley and Porter Grammar School.

Since his retirement he has acted as a respected and no-nonsense commentator on the game for broadcast and print media.

Comedian Al Murray was among those to wish the former Harlequin a speedy recovery, tweeting: “All the best to you Brian and the family. Get well soon xx”.

Martin Bayfield, an ex team-mate who followed the same route from England forward to media pundit, referenced Moore’s battles with grizzled French front rows while wishing him well.

“Keep fighting Mooro. Love to you and the family, thinking of you all. Oh, and try not to punch any French hospital staff,” he wrote.

Moore, a part of three Grand Slam-winning teams and a 1991 World Cup final finalist, also received messages of support from the Rugby Football Union, the Lions and World Rugby.

Moore later added that he had been moved to a Coronary Care Unit, saying: “I’m told it’s good”.