For the Players
For the game

Celebrity Supporters

Craig Doyle

Craig Doyle

TV and Radio Presenter, Craig Doyle, hosts Rugby Highlights – Aviva Premiership on ITV

“I’m in such a privileged position that I get to stand right on the touchline and watch the sport that we all love. Over the years it’s got more and more physical, and I love that, we all do. But sometimes you do wonder how these guys can get through a game with the hits that they’re taking. Thankfully they usually get up, but now and again there is an injury that ends someone’s career and Restart Rugby is there to help them get beyond that.”

Kirsty Gallacher

Kirsty Gallacher

Sky Sports Presenter, Kirsty Gallacher, is married to former England rugby player, Paul Sampson

“As the wife of a former professional player, I know the demands that the game can make – not just on the players, but their families too. When serious injuries occur, the long term effects can be devastating – high medical costs, painful recovery, depression and loss of income – all of which can have an overwhelming impact on family life. Restart Rugby is there to support players and their families through difficult times, providing financial assistance and practical support when it’s needed most.”

Dermot O’Leary

Dermot O’Leary

TV and Radio Presenter, Dermot O’Leary, is a rugby fan and proud London Irish supporter

“I loved playing rugby and was lucky enough to get through my days with only a bruised ego to contend with. Rugby is one of the most intense and physically demanding sports in the world and players are under a huge amount of pressure to perform. We all have times when we need someone to lean on and it’s hugely reassuring for players to know that they have an organisation like Restart Rugby to turn to, not just during their rugby career but for life.”

Gregg Wallace

Gregg Wallace

MasterChef Presenter, Gregg Wallace, is a former rugby player and qualified coach

“After family and food, my greatest love is rugby. In my younger years I played for London Welsh so I have first-hand experience of the physical toll the game can take. Players put their bodies on the line every time they play, so to have a charity like Restart Rugby looking out for them is incredibly important. There is a strong sense of family within the rugby community and it’s great to know that someone has your back and will be there when you need support.”