Gloucester Rugby is supporting Restart and have dedicated this weekend’s fixture against Northampton to players’ mental health. Lewis Ludlow is the Cherry and Whites’ Restart ambassador and spoke to the press earlier on in the week to talk about the campaign as well as the upcoming game.
On week with no game
“We were in Tuesday and Thursday and we had a couple of really good days where we got a decent amount of work in on those two days but we also got to enjoy no physical contact at the weekend. We had a really productive week and that’s rolled on to this week ready for Saints.
“Training is going well and the boys are looking good. Hopefully we can take that into the weekend.”
“They’re playing some of the best rugby I’ve seen them play in a long time. Fair play to Dan Biggar, he’s got them playing well and that’s why he’s in contention for that Lions spot at 10. You look at the guys they have running their team, they’re going to be going well and once their pack start going forward they are hard to stop. It’s going to be a big physical challenge for us and one that we have to be smart with as well with those backs they have.
“We’ve got to come out of the blocks running. We can’t have the half that we had against Newcastle. We need to start off where we left off in that second half and keep the ball rolling from there.”
“Restart helps with the mental health side of rugby. It’s one of those stigmas in rugby that you’re big, hard, men and nothing affects you. You can’t talk about your emotions and you can’t talk about things that might be affecting you. Restart is a charity that does a lot of work in rugby and they help the boys that need to talk and I’ve seen them help a lot of people in my time at the club and they do it all over the Premiership.
“This weekend we’ll all wear t-shirts and make a bit of a song and dance and make some noise to get it out there.
“You can run the 5km, donate £5 and tag five friends on Instagram for example and away you go from there.”
On social media
“Social media, it is what it is. You choose to buy into it and you choose to read it. Some people it affects massively, and I’ve seen people at Gloucester get effected by it hugely. Other people, like myself, it’s in one ear and out the other and you try to ignore it. If you read into the good, then you’ll read into the bad so try not to read into any of it.”
On the support from Gloucester Rugby
“I think our club is really good at it. The way that they support us as players, both on and off the pitch, I could name numerous examples of where they’ve helped people in terms of mental health and physical health.
“We want to get as many people involved as possible so tag your mates, do it in a relay, as long as you cover 5km and donate £5 then you can get involved.
“We get a huge buy in whatever we do as a team. The supporters buy in and I’m sure there will be a few out there running this weekend.”