Former BBC rugby commentator Alastair Hignell, 52, forced to take early retirement earlier this year due to the effects of multiple sclerosis, is to be honoured by the RFU by the naming of the commentators’ room at Twickenham as the Alastair Hignell Broadcasting Room.
According to the Daily Mail‘s Charlie Sale this week, the grand opening of the refurbished room in front of the former England international full back and his old colleagues in the BBC radio team was postponed at the last minute last Saturday, ahead of the England v New Zealand match, when it was discovered that the plaque on the door had Hignell’s first name wrongly spelt as Alistair rather than Alastair.
The opening has now been postponed until the Six Nations championship next year.
Ian Robertson, Hignell’s long-time Radio 5 Live colleague, said: “Higgy is very laidback and took no offence. He roared with laughter when he was told what had happened.”
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