Hartpury supporters will notice something different about the team at Friday’s match with Yorkshire Carnegie. It is that most of the players and coaching staff will be demonstrating the ‘no hair’ look.
Fans who follow us on social media will be aware of the sad circumstances surrounding Rhys Oakley, who has led the squad for the past three seasons, including our phenomenal 100% promotion season of 2016-17. Rhys, who has a partner and young family, was diagnosed with metastatic testicular cancer during the off-season and is currently deep into his treatment for that.
As a show of solidarity – and as the centrepiece of a fund-raising campaign aimed at supporting the Oakleys and a local specialist testicular cancer charity, “It’s in the Bag” – many of the squad opted to have their heads shaved at the Hartpury Sports Academy on Bank Holiday Monday.
The good news is that the appeal has burst through its original £5000 target and is now somewhere north of £7000 and counting.
In a further boost, all proceeds from programme sales on Friday will be donated to the fund – so please make sure that you pick up your copy.
If you would like to make any other form of donation to the fund, you can do so HERE.