Player Stories

This is a dedicated hub of video and written player-led content that documents the stories of our players involved in the Rugby for Life programme.

From rehab and recovery to planning for life after rugby, this is a space for players to record their journey through professional rugby and beyond in they way they feel most comfortable.

Providing insight into the world of rugby that supporters don’t get to see, this area will be updated on a regular basis from the squad as they make the most of our Rugby for Life initiative.


  • WP Nel

    The programme has helped give me a better understanding of mental health, it’s as normal as your physical health and we must break the stigma in the changing room about how normal it is and it’s ok to ask for help or support if you need it.

  • Tom Brown

    I’ve learnt that having an eye on the future is ever more important in the modern game of rugby today. R4L has provided me with support and guidance on matters both on and off the field. The programme provides fantastic opportunities to allow players to learn and prepare for life beyond rugby.

  • Mark Bennett

    In the last year I’ve discovered that studies is something that isn’t for me right now but in the process I’ve been able to identify other interests in trade and I’ve connected to a few links in this sector with a goal to build my networks and relationships in this community.


​To kick-off our Rugby for Life launch - we sat down with Scotland international prop, Rory Sutherland, who discussed his rise in rugby, the pressures of the game and the trials and tribulations of returning from long-term injury.

Watch Rory Sutherland's Story

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