Players visit children's ward at hospital


A group of JRFC players spent part of their day off in hospital last week... but don't worry, they weren't adding to the club's injury list, but visiting children in Robin Ward, the designated children's ward at Jersey General Hospital.

Jonny Bentley, Sam Lockwood, Jack Burroughs, Nick Campbell, Joe Buckle and David Bishop called into Robin Ward, chatted to kids, helped out with some games, colouring and other activities, and handed out some JRFC kit and Easter eggs - all designed to cheer up the kids and take their minds off their assorted injuries and operations. There was also an opportunity to join the kids, their families and nurses in singing 'Happy Birthday' to a not-at-all-embarrassed Sam Lockwood.

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Joe Buckle, Jonny Bentley and Sam Lockwood with a new rugby convert

This was one of a number of recent community initiatives involving JRFC players.

For World Book Day in March, members of the Jersey squad were asked to talk to the pupils at La Moye Primary School about their favourite books.

Ed Dawson, Grant Pointer and Ben Maidment made the trip to the school in St Brelade and spent time in the classroom comparing notes with pupils about their favourite reading.

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The players were also able to join pupils for some light training skills on the school playing fields, although the youngsters had been warned to take it easy on their visitors, all of whom are working their way back to fitness after injury.

A further community initiative is planned later this month when the 'Try Rugby' event takes on April 25th: pupils from La Moye and Mont Nicolle schools will be put through their paces by Rugby Development Officer Dave Felton prior to the 1st XV game with Moseley.

/*Hospital pics by Verienne Belcher*/

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