TO MARK the start of the Rugby World Cup, an Andover pub has teamed up with ex-England rugby star and sports pundit, Andy Goode, to launch a search for the town’s biggest rugby fan.

The Chestnut Tree Greene King pub in Weyhill Road is calling for ‘try-hard’ fans who know their scrums from their line-outs to be in with a chance of winning £1,000 and the ultimate rugby viewing experience in their local pub with Andy Goode for England’s final group game against Argentina on Saturday, October 5.

As well as watching the match with the renowned rugby player, the chosen superfan will also have the chance to bring five of their mates to the pub with them with a VIP screening area reserved for them and unlimited food and beer, including Greene King’s newly relaunched IPA. The lucky sports fanatic will also get the opportunity to join a sporting debate with Andy Goode on match day.

Janine Holt, general manager at the Chestnut Tree, said: “Nothing compares to watching the rugby in the pub surrounded by other fans – the atmosphere and comradery is fantastic!

“At the Chestnut Tree we will be showing all key games for the Rugby World Cup and to celebrate the start of the tournament we’re looking for Andover’s biggest rugby fan. We pride ourselves on being the home of pub sport in our local community with an unbeatable viewing experience of all the big games across major sporting events.

“So, if you live and breathe rugby and fancy £1,000 cash, as well as the chance to meet rugby legend Andy Goode, then we want to hear from you!”

Andy Goode added: “The Rugby World Cup 2019 is finally upon us and it’s great to see fans across the country getting behind their home team. I can’t wait to meet the biggest rugby fan in the community and look forward to raising a glass with them on match day!”

To enter, locals can visit and explain in less than 100 words or less why they deserve the title of Andover’s biggest rugby fan.