Jim Telfer became synonymous with one speech in particular over the course of his involvement with the British & Irish Lions, his carefully-constructed monologue ahead of the First Test in South Africa as fresh today as it was 20 years ago.

Telfer told his troops that day: “This is your Everest, boys,” with an expletive thrown in for good measure. 2017 sees former Glasgow Hawks centre Ricky Munday quite literally living up to Telfer’s iconic words as he bids to scale the mightiest of mountains.

Everest is the highest peak in the world and a successful summit bid is still seen as one of the greatest tests a human can undertake, with no shortage of peril lying in wait for those brave enough to tackle it. Ricky, who starred as Hawks dominated the Scottish top flight a decade ago, is unsurprisingly relishing the challenge: “I think rugby taught me a lot about discipline and that is something that has come in useful for Everest.

“You’re used to training on a Tuesday and Thursday before playing on Saturday and then there’s all the gym work you have to commit to in between, as well as scheduling rest; that type of routine and structure has served me well since.”

Ricky begins his amazing excursion on Wednesday, April 5, when he’ll leave home to embark on a near-three month journey to ascend the highest peak on Earth. He is also raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support and should you wish to donate, you can do so through these sites:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Ricky-Munday-Everest

http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/climbing-everest-for-cancer

 

You will be able to read this full interview in SCRUM 94, out at the tail end of April.

Good luck to Ricky from everyone at SCRUM!