Get Ready to ‘Rugby’ Rumble!

Action Cancer is calling all rugby fans, both men and women, to take part in the Tag Rugby Rumble Tournament.

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This is part of the charity’s annual ‘Action Man’ campaign, which challenges men to ‘Get A Grip’ of their health and avail of a free M.O.T. health check with Action Cancer. The campaign also seeks to raise awareness of signs and symptoms of testicular and prostate cancers.

Ahead of the Rugby World Cup this September and just a day before Father’s Day the tag competition will take place on Saturday 20 June 2015 at Ballynahinch Rugby Club. With a potential of 20 teams battling it out on the rugby pitch it is going to be a great day out for all, young and old.

Ring around your family, friends and team mates and pull a mixed tag team together – you’ll need eight players including a minimum of three females to take part. Register your team early to be guaranteed a place as they will fill up fast.

Helping to launch the event Ulster and Ireland International rugby player Chris Henry said: “This is a wonderful event to take part in, with the rugby season just finished and everyone gearing up for the World Cup in September, this keeps the rugby spirit alive over the summer months, plus it is a great way to have a bit of fun with friends, team mates or family members who wouldn’t usually get involved, as well as supporting and raising vital funds for Action Cancer.”

Action Cancer Fundraising Events Officer Sarah-Jayne Cassells said: “The Tag Rugby Rumble Tournament is a fun way for rugby fans to get fit, have a laugh and raise money for Action Cancer. Every pound the individual teams raise really counts and goes a very long way towards saving lives and supporting people in their own local communities in Northern Ireland. We are asking for a registration fee of £50 and then a minimum sponsorship of £300 per team.”

Every year in Northern Ireland there are approximately 4,000 men diagnosed with cancer1 – that’s 11 men every day. Although men are 16% more likely to develop cancer than women, they are 40% more likely to die from the disease2. Over half of cancers could be prevented with the right lifestyle choices, such as eating a healthy diet, taking regular exercise, not smoking, drinking alcohol responsibly and being safe in the sun. Action Cancer’s M.O.T. health check will provide men with a snapshot of their general health which will enable them to make changes for the future.

Chris added: “I would encourage all men across Northern Ireland to ‘Get A Grip’ of their health by having a free Action Cancer M.O.T. health check with Action Cancer.”

Checks include blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, facial skin analysis, peak flow measurements and body composition analysis, as well as lifestyle advice and information on male specific cancers.

Men aged 16 plus can book a free M.O.T. health check at www.actioncancer.org or by calling 028 9080 3344.

If you’re interested in entering a team in the tag tournament call 028 9080 3349 or e-mail sgraham@actioncancer.org.

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