CORAL.co.uk, the official betting partner of the Guinness Premiership, have helped raise £2,200 for The Professional Rugby Players' Association (PRA) Benevolent Fund over the course of the 2008/2009 by awarding £100 to the charity whenever a try was scored by a Premiership Club team captain.
"This is CORAL.co.uk's third year as a commercial partner to the Guinness Premiership and we felt this initiative was an apt way of extending our support of rugby to the players. We are delighted that the Club Captains managed to score so many tries and we've been able to contribute to this worthy cause."
As a winger, Northampton's Bruce Reihana would have been a likely candidate to finish top of the pile against his more forward orientated counterparts but with four tries, was pipped to the post by the Sale captain, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe.
In Sale's final match of the season against Northampton, the unstoppable Number 8 ran home his fifth try of the season and brought the total tally of tries by Club Captains to 22.
Talking about the donation, Reihana said:
"It is fantastic to get additional support from one of our main sponsors, Coral.co.uk, and on behalf of all the captains and players I'd like to thank them for their generosity."
"The PRA Benevolent Fund is instrumental in helping players when they most need it, and I'm very grateful to Coral.co.uk for setting up this initiative and allowing me to directly benefit the charity with my tries - just can't believe I got beaten to top spot by a forward!"
The PRA Benevolent Fund is a major part of the Professional Rugby Association's ongoing support of players in need of help in readjusting to life after their rugby career.
Whilst Rugby Union offers both players and fans with high level entertainment and sporting drama, traumatic injuries are unfortunately part of the game, and cases such as Andy Blyth and more recently Matt Hampson highlight the need for the help that the PRA provides.
Through the Benevolent Fund the PRA is able to assist players in covering their medical costs as well as providing a support network to which the player or family can turn to for help, advice or encouragement.
PRA Chief Executive, Damian Hopley said:
"This is a great contribution to the PRA Benevolent Fund, and I'd like to extend a very big thank you to Coral.co.uk for supporting us."
"The help that we have been able to offer players and their families in difficult times has been a massively rewarding part of the PRA's work, and the Benevolent Fund is a charity very close to the hearts of players across the Guinness Premiership."
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees led Gloucester Rugby to European glory on Friday evening, scoring the crucial try on a memorable night for the Cherry and Whites. After the game, he paid tribute to his team's performance under pressure in the latter stages as they withstood a ferocious late Edinburgh fightback.
Speaking to GRTV, James Hook admitted that, after a superb opening, Gloucester really had to pass a test of character to hold off Edinburgh and lift the European Rugby Challenge Cup. He paid tribute to his team mates for all their hard work on what was a great day for the club.
Speaking to the assembled media this week, Gloucester Rugby club captain Billy Twelvetrees explains that the squad are ready for the final and that it will be an honour to lead the Cherry and Whites out in the Challenge Cup final.
Gloucester Rugby scrum half Greig Laidlaw will line up against former team mates Edinburgh Rugby on Friday evening, but the focus is firmly on his own roles as the Cherry and Whites gear up for the EPCR Challenge Cup final at The Stoop.
Speaking to the media ahead of Friday evening's European Rugby Challenge Cup Final against Edinburgh, Director of Rugby David Humphreys stressed that his improving Gloucester team will need to perform at their best to prevail against a tough Edinburgh side.
Dan Robson, a second half try scorer in the 42-40 win over Newcastle on Saturday, admitted that Gloucester had started slowly but that the second half comeback showed real character and maintains momentum going into Friday's European final.
Gareth Evans was a first half replacement for the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, but the back rower's impressive carrying kept the hosts on the front foot when they needed it most to snatch a dramatic comeback win.
After his last ditch try clinched the 42-40 Aviva Premiership victory over Newcastle at Kingsholm on Saturday, Billy Burns told GRTV that all the Gloucester team deserve credit for hanging in there against a Falcons team who really made life tough for the Cherry and Whites.
Argentine Mariano Galarza was a key part of the Cherry and White squad that tasted silverware on Friday night as they lifted the EPCR Challenge Cup at The Stoop, a special night that will live long in the memory of the second row.
Figures released by EPCR following Gloucester winning the European Rugby Challenge Cup on Friday evening show that, unsurprisingly, a number of those wearing Cherry and White showed up well in the various statistical categories.