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Rugby Against Cancer is a group put together to use the power of the rugby family to raise valuable funds for local and national cancer charities.

Joe Batley

Rugby against cancer is something I’m massively behind. I myself this year have been diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma which is a type of cancer that’s developed I’m my lymphatic system. I am at this point going through Chemotherapy as part of my treatment. My rugby journey began in Gosport and Fareham RFC when I was 6 the club is still a massive part of me and my families life. As I have made friends for life that still play for the team I love as does my brother. From here I moved to Hartpury college and Gloucester rugby where I studied for two years before signing full time with Gloucester where I spent 3 seasons. Until I moved to Bristol where I am now.  

Once I was diagnosed it was naturally a huge shock to myself and my family. However the sheer support I received after the news was overwhelming from the rugby family that fortunately surrounds me. Bristol have been unbelievable with the news and has supported myself massively and I can never thank them enough.  

So this is my story that I think summarises what this charity represents, rugby is a powerful thing and together can help the fight on cancer Thankyou Joe Batley 

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