KICKING COVID INTO TOUCH: RUGBY STARS SUPPORT NHS VACCINE ROLL OUT

28 Sep 2021

By: Sport Industry Group

In collaboration with the NHS, some of the country’s top rugby players have encouraged young people to get their COVID-19 vaccine as they discuss their personal experiences of the pandemic.

Ahead of the Round 3 fixtures of Gallagher Premiership Rugby, a short clip has been released featuring key players Sam Underhill, Alex Goode, Nathan Earle, Ollie Hassell-Collins, Marland Yarde, and Dan Robson who discuss the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine and the impact the virus has had on them in the past year.

In the clip, the players discuss how the pandemic has directly affected their lives. Sam Underhill talks about how his dad was hospitalised with COVID-19, and Nathan Earle’s partner had their first child in the pandemic, meaning he was unable to be in hospital to support her through their child’s birth.  

The clip is part of a wider partnership with the Premiership Rugby League and follows the “Every Vaccination Gives Us Hope” campaign launched earlier in the year to encourage the public to get their COVID-19 vaccinations. 

Phil Winstanley, the Rugby Director at Premiership Rugby, said: It’s been so fantastic to have sports fans back in stadiums all over the country, and this couldn’t have been done without the COVID-19 vaccine programme. It’s been so instrumental in getting us back to normal, and as we get going with this year’s season, we need to make sure all our fans are as safe as they can possibly be – and that includes making sure they get the vaccine to protect themselves and those around them.”   

The clip will be played out at stadiums across the country from  1st – 3rd October 2021.