Former Leicester and England rugby star Tim Stimpson has stepped in to save Gainsborough Sporting Club’s March event.
The British and Irish Lions representative, who holds a Masters degree in Anthropology, has become the speaker for next month’s meeting, after Dave Heeley was forced to pull out.
Heeley, who is blind, is training with guide dog Duggie for a 100km cycle event called Wheels for Change, in aide of UNICEF.
Sporting Club are hoping to book Heeley for next season’s programme of events.
Stimpson played 125 games for Leicester and 19 for his country, touring South Africa with the Lions in 1997.
The retired full-back has recently been asked to captain a ‘Wooden Spoon’ team to play rugby at the North Pole prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup.