“il rugby degli altri”: Leinster vince in campo – e trionfa in solidarietà

Screen Shot 2016-09-03 at 10.44.56Leinster Rugby ha aperto la sua campagna celtica con un successo contro il Benetton Treviso – che ha comunque mostrato ampi margini di miglioramento e messo in difficoltà i Dubliners per lunghi tratti – ma la vittoria sul campo passa in secondo piano.

La campagna lanciata per raccogliere fondi a sostegno della famiglia del defence coach Kurt McQuilkin (“Leinster Rugby Shave or Dye”), che ha lasciato la Province per “motivi personali” si è chiusa ieri sera, quando tutti i giocatori sono scesi in campo con i capelli rasati o ossigenati – avendo raccolto poco meno di € 7,000 attraverso la pagina creata su GoGetFound. Lo sports scientist di Leinster, Peter Tierney, ha lanciato l’idea della campagna cui hanno aderito altri membri dello staff e i giocatori.

Ai soldi raccolti vanno aggiunti altri €1,000 provenienti dalla vendita di un ritratto, “in limited edition” di Paul O’Connell – firmato dall’ex capitano di Munster e Ireland – a firma Shane Monahan Designs.

I fondi raccolti da Leinster – con il sostegno delle charity Aware e DEBRA Ireland – saranno donati alla famiglia di McQuilkin.

Screen Shot 2016-09-03 at 10.45.58“This was not an easy decision by any means because you do become very close to a team and to this team in particular and to this group of players and coaches. The last week or so and the support they have shown both me and my family I suppose reinforces that feeling that I have for Leinster Rugby. This is a special place with special people”, ha detto Kurt McQuilkin a LeinsterRugby.ie. “But I am needed at home. And that is where I must go to be with my family and with my dad and sister in particular who are ill as they go through a tough time and to support them up close rather than from afar. I would though like to thank from the bottom of my heart all those that have supported the fundraising efforts.

“The gesture took me by surprise and it is very humbling to see the outpouring of emotion from players, back room staff and Leinster supporters and indeed from the wider rugby family. It has raised my own spirits and indeed the spirits of my family back home to know that we are in people’s thoughts. Best of luck for the season ahead and thank you for a wonderful 14 months back at the club and until we meet again, cheers.”

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