World Cancer Day Live Chat Success

World Cancer Day marked with a live stream hosted by Elma Smit, who was joined by 3 of our Ambassadors – Joe Batley, Robyn Lock and our newest addition, Ioan Lloyd.

Thursday night we were delighted to stream a live video chat for World Cancer Day to spread awareness of our cause, hear personal stories and to resonate how important it is to get checked.

We were thrilled to have Elma Smith onboard as our host. The South African TV presenter, producer and author has covered Rugby and Cricket World Cup’s and created the world’s most-watched daily show, ‘RWC Daily’ for World Rugby in Japan in 2019. Elma was joined by our stalwart champion Joe Batley and fellow champion Robyn Lock – joining us in the middle of her training session at Gloucester-Hartpury. They openly spoke about their battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, what rugby had taught them to help with the journey and how much their rugby team mates meant to them. Plus we all now want to meet Robyn’s mum!

The two Champions were joined by our newest addition to the Rugby Against Cancer family – Bristol Bear and Welsh International – Ioan Lloyd!

A special family joined us to share their story and raise awareness of Brain Tumor Research and William, 12, lockdown challenge. The family was rocked before Christmas when Dad, Greg, was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor. In and out of hospital, the family have kept their spirits high. William is running one mile every day in his garden to raise money to fund vital research. To donate to William’s efforts head to

We heard first-hand from our trustee Jim and his wife Angela about her diagnosis of breast cancer and how it affected them both and Ben Horrod, a local player, revealed his story of his diagnosis of testicular cancer. Sharing their stories to raise awareness of how important it is to get checked early, and how that can make a huge difference to your treatment and prognosis.

Rugby Against Cancer would like to thank all of our guests for joining us for our World Cancer Day chat – we value your support and through sharing your stories we hope to make a big difference to the rugby community.

If you have received a cancer diagnosis or someone in your rugby family needs our support, please get in touch with the team. For more information


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