Brian Moore played rugby in the days when rugby was dangerous and sex was safe, according to Chris 'Buddha' Handy, the master of ceremonies at yesterday's Sevens Long Lunch. What most people in the audience did not know is that the former England and British Lions hooker almost fainted once at the sight of chickens being killed at Central Market. 'It was in 1990 when I came here as part of the British Barbarians team for the Hong Kong Sevens. I had done the usual things like go to Joe Bananas and sit in the dentist's chair. But I also wanted a feeling for the place and went to the market at Central and almost fainted when I saw the chickens get killed,' said Moore. Moore and Australian scrumhalf George Gregan were the speakers at the Long Lunch. Moore has long retired from the game while Gregan, 27, continues to be part of the Wallabies set-up, although he will miss the tour to the British Isles due to injury. They have played against each other on a couple of occasions, most notably in the 1995 World Cup quarter-final when a Rob Andrew drop-goal won England the game in injury-time. 'I enjoyed that one,' said Moore with a glint in his eye. Two Tests after that memorable win, Moore retired from the game, coming out for the last time in the third place play-off against France. He bowed out of rugby before the game turned professional, although he fought tooth and nail against administrators of the day for players' rights, a fight which he continues today as chairman of the English Professional Rugby Association. 'When I played, the players did not get anything at all. Everything was taken by the RFU,' said Moore. 'Today it is a little bit better but the players are still being exploited with the RFU saying they own the entire rights to marketing the image of a player,' said Moore. Gregan may not be as confrontational as Moore. But he is no less competitive. His famous match-winning tackle on All Black winger Justin Wilson in 1994, which won the Wallabies the Bledisloe Cup, is now part of rugby legend. Nerve damage in his neck will keep him out of the upcoming Wallabies tour of the UK. Along with the retirement of a clutch of players like Jason Little, Tim Horan, David Wilson and Richard Harry, it will be a building process for the World Cup champions. 'It is good that this is happening now and not one year before the next World Cup. Changes are good. A new guard coming in now is a positive thing,' said Gregan, who hopes to be back next season. In the meantime, Gregan will tend his two coffee bars in Sydney. 'It is a nice balance for me. It is not healthy to get too tied up with rugby.' Moore has severed his playing ties with the game, but the chairman of a digital marketing company continues to battle it out with the game's administrators. He might have almost fainted at the sight of chicken blood, but the scent of the blood of 'old timers who have given up the game for more than 30 years' gets him going again.