As we head into another week of “social distancing” and lockdown restrictions, I think that it’s likely that all of us will have felt the strain to some extent or another. Inevitably, regardless of whether we are working or not working, at home or at our usual workplace, whatever – the disruption to our regular way of life takes its toll. We have lost good friends and loved ones, and not been able to grieve or pay our dues properly. There is no normal any more, and we don’t have rugby or our social circles to help release the pressure.

In times of crisis, family can be a vital support mechanism. It’s important to talk and to be open about how you are feeling, but I know that can sometimes be difficult to do, especially when we are spending so much time cooped up with our nearest and dearest. And so, we want to remind you that you also have your rugby family to help, if you need us.

If you find yourself struggling to cope at times, if you would like a bit of assistance in navigating some of the sources of help that are out there, or if you just feel that you need to talk to someone for whatever reason, then please do get in touch and we’ll do what we can. You can always contact me by email (, you can message me on Facebook or you can call me or send me a text or WhatsApp message on 07724 146828.

As has often been said, it’s OK to not be OK. Don’t battle on in silence. Reach out to someone and talk things through.

In the meantime, stay safe and be kind to one another. We are in this storm together and we’ll come out of it together in the end. We are a family and we will be there for one another because that’s what families do.