Former England rugby international Alastair Hignell who has triumphed over adversity gives Wisbech Grammar School talk

Alastair Hignell with Wisbech Grammar School students.

Alastair Hignell with Wisbech Grammar School students. - Credit: Archant

A former England rugby international who was struck down with multiple sclerosis 15 years ago gave an inspirational talk to Wisbech Grammar School pupils.

A tireless fund-raiser, Alastair Hignell has triumphed over adversity to be awarded the CBE for his services to sport and charity.

As an undergraduate at Cambridge University Alastair Hignell won four double Blues, captaining the university at rugby and cricket.

He scored more than 1,000 runs in a first class cricket season in the same year he gained his degree and went on to win 14 rugby caps for England.

He made a seamless transmission from player to broadcaster with the BBC before his life-changing diagnosis.


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Mr Hignell, who received the Helen Rollason Award for courage and achievement in the face of adversity in 2008, pressed home his life is for living theme, highlighting his failures as well as his successes.

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