England 7’s centre and 2014 Rugby World Cup winner, Rachael Burford, has today been named an ambassador for Restart Rugby, the official charity of the Rugby Players’ Association (RPA).
Rachael, a former RPA Player Representative, will play a vital role in growing the profile of the charity, helping Restart Rugby achieve its main goals and to ensure all professional rugby players are supported through serious injury, illness or hardship.
Of her appointment Rachael said: “I’m delighted to have been given this opportunity to join the fabulous Restart Rugby team. This charity is very close to my heart and I strongly believe it can make a huge difference to the game of rugby.
“My dad suffered a serious neck injury in 1993, crushing three vertebrate whilst playing which prematurely ended his career, and also meant he could no longer work for a living. Although professional rugby did not exist, and the charity was not yet founded I strongly believe that had such an organisation as Restart Rugby been available this would have greatly benefited my dad.
“I am excited about the opportunity to work with Restart Rugby and to help raise awareness of the fantastic work it does for professional players in England. As rugby players we all face difficult times at certain points throughout our careers and it’s very reassuring to know Restart Rugby is there to help and support you through this.”
England 2003 Rugby World Cup winner and current Restart Rugby Trustee, Ben Kay, commented on the appointment: “It is fantastic to be able to welcome Rachael as an ambassador for Restart Rugby. I’m sure Rachael’s enthusiasm will be a major positive force as the charity strives towards its future goals and in developing the reach of our message.”