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Premiership Rugby puts Restart Rugby centre stage

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Premiership Rugby have announced that Round 21 of the Aviva Premiership is being dedicated to Restart Rugby, the official charity of The Rugby Players' Association (RPA).A number of initiatives are being staged to promote Restart among clubs, supporters and Aviva Premiership partners, with many of the players in action wearing Restart T-shirts during their pre-match warm-up to show support for the charity.   Phil Winstanley, rugby director at Premiership Rugby, said: “Player welfare is our No1 priority so we are delighted to be supporting the great work of Restart Rugby.   “Restart Rugby supports professional rugby players to prepare for life after rugby and so performs a vital role in the team today. The work the charity does to give players the life skills for careers after rugby is essential.”   Damian Hopley, RPA chief executive, said:  “This is a very important partnership and we are delighted with the platform Premiership Rugby is giving us to promote the great work being done by Restart Rugby.   “Our players give their all for team, club and country, but their lives can change in a split second: a bad tackle, collapsed scrum, serious concussion, an accident or illness off the pitch.   “Restart Rugby is there to support players and their families with financial, practical and emotional support, including help with medical treatment, rehabilitation, counselling, education and career transition.”   Restart Rugby is a registered charity (No. 1113160) that relies on the support of businesses, rugby supporters and the players themselves to raise funds each year for those in need.   ·        Visit the Restart Rugby website to get involved or donate online: www.restartrugby.org.uk ·        Text RUGB09 and then the amount you wish to donate to 70070 ·        Attend future RPA events, all of which raise funds for Restart Rugby ·        Donate auction prizes at RPA events such as The Rugby Players’ Awards 2015 on 13 May at Battersea Evolution in London More information on Restart Rugby is available at www.restartrugby.org.uk, follow @RestartRugby or like Restart Rugby on Facebook.