RGS Rugby’s Six Nations Charity Challenge


It was during the RGS South Africa rugby tour that the effect of MND really hit home – Joost van der Westhuizen (one of the worlds best players in the 90’s) was in a wheelchair wearing a neck brace as a result of not being able to walk or support his head as the muscles had deteriorated so much. It was so sad to see a man that had provided so much entertainment and skill on the rugby field restricted to await the inevitable.

With Doddie and most recently Rob Burrow being diagnosed, the rugby community at RGS decided it was time to step up and do its bit to help find a cure for this destructive disease.

So… RGS players set themselves the challenge of running, cycling and walking the journey from school around the four home nations rugby grounds (England – Twickenham, Scotland – Murrayfield, Ireland – Aviva Stadium, Wales – Principality Stadium) and back, a total of 1,724km (1,071 miles) by 21 February!

Well… having smashed the original target and with the enthusiasm still sky high and time reaming, they decided to extend their range. Adding Rome into the mix, they are now aiming to travel the distance around the Six Nations grounds, a new total distance of 3424km!

If you would like to show your support for this amazing team effort and support a very worthy cause, you can donate through JustGiving.


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