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Get Behind The Big Rugby Run This Saturday

Get Behind The Big Rugby Run This Saturday
By Balls Team
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A brilliant initiative is taking place this Saturday that seeks the help of Ireland's rugby community in supporting the fight against Covid-19.

The Big Rugby Run takes place across Ireland on Saturday and specifically targets Ireland's grassroots rugby community for a fun virtual team relay event in support of the amazing Feed The Heroes campaign.

So far, over 1300 runners are signed up with over €16,000 pledged.

 The campaign, which is the brainchild of PSA Academies Directors Graham Ross & Johne Murphy, is hoping to raise funds for Feed The Heroes  as they look to keep Ireland's frontline medical workers fed as they perform the essential work of fighting Covid-19.


#TheBigRugbyRun will involve current or past rugby teams. It's looking for everyone from kids to ex-players to sign up to run or walk a virtual relay over a half marathon (21km) or full marathon (42km) distance.  Each team will be set the challenge of raising a minimum of €50 for Feed The Heroes.

There's been a huge outpouring of support from Ireland's rugby community to drive this fundraiser forward. Leinster have a team of ex-pros that features Darragh Fanning and includes Gordon D’Arcy, Malcolm O’Kelly & Shane Jennings, Munster's ex-pro team is captained by Denis Hurley, Denis Fogarty and Cathal Sheridan and includes Marcus Horan, Jerry Flannery and more, while Connacht's team is captained by Michael Swift and features John Muldoon, Adrian Flavin and others.

Also taking part are key members of the Irish Womens Rugby squad from 2013/14 who famously defeated the All Black Ferns, with a team captained by the non-running Fiona Coghlan and including Lynn Cantwell, Jenny Murphy, Fiona Hayes, Alison Miller, Larissa Muldoon and more.
There are also referee teams from the IRFU High Performance panel, and all the top Irish refs including Frank Murphy, John Lacey, George Clancy and Joy Neville are involved. There are a whopping 68 referees taking part  from the Leinster Branch.
Amazingly, there's also a frontline heroes team captained by Johne Murphy and made up of Munster & Irish player Billy Holland plus current frontline workers Tom Gleeson (Ex-Munster & current CUH doctor), Linda Djougang (current Leinster & Irish Rugby International and Tallaght Hospital nurse) and Claire McLaughlin (current Ulster & Irish Rugby International and Ulster Hospital doctor)
Rugby League Ireland and the Irish Tag Rugby Association have also gotten behind the initiative.

The initiative will respect all social distancing guidelines set out by the HSE. Any underage team that participate will be included in a free-to-enter post-event Grand Prize Draw to win great prizes. 

To sign up, visit this link. Your participation will go a long way to helping a truly worthy cause.

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