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Youngs brothers support midland rugby festival

Tigers brothers and England internationals Ben and Tom Youngs are offering their support for Robbie’s Rugby Festival 2019, which raises money for the Robbie Anderson Cancer Trust and the Jake McCarthy Foundation.

The pair are event ambassadors for the festival which takes place at Loughborough Grammar School on Saturday, July 27.

Returning for its 11th year, eight groups of three teams will take part in a rugby 10’s tournament alongside a social rugby tournament and a ladies 7’s tournament.

Speaking about the event, hooker Tom Youngs said: “I’ve known about the festival for a number of years now and following on from an official opening of a treatment room at the Leicester Royal Infirmary, I was approached by the team and I’m honoured to be a part of it.

“The money raised from the festival helps goes towards supporting charities and funds for people who are not in a nice place at the moment, and so Ben and I are really keen to help out in every way we can.

“Personally, having been in the hospitals and seeing how these little things can make a huge different in people’s lives.

“We’re looking forward to the 27th, we’re hoping to raise as much money as possible. I will be there on the day and Ben is hopeful that he will be able to make it around his England commitments ahead of the World Cup in September.

Originally set up by a group of friends as an ‘old boys reunion’, the event is now the largest 10’s tournament across the Midlands.

Robbie Anderson lost an 18-month battle with cancer in 2006 at the age of 13. He created a trust to help young people and their families cope with and fight cancer.

The Jake McCarthy Foundation raises awareness of the symptoms behind brain tumours, is the festival’s other beneficiary and is named after an old boy of Loughborough GS who died in 2012.

Find out more about the event by clicking here.