Lee Jones and his fiancé Laura left their 22-month-old twins Harley and Noah in capable hands and were honoured guests in the RFU Injured Players box at Twickenham to watch England secure the Calcutta Cup.
Laura said: “Since Lee’s injury the IPF have been out of this world, incredible in supporting us.”
And Lee, who toasted the charity with old drinking buddy Jason Leonard, added: ”You wouldn’t believe the comfort it brings having the IPF on your side, it takes all the stress away and you can just concentrate on getting well, getting your life back.”
Silhillians RUFC in Solihull later welcomed team mate Lee back to the club for the first time since he sustained a catastrophic injury during a game last year, with 1000 people supporting the day.
A marquee was set up for Lee and Laura to watch the action, beside another injured player from the Midlands supported by the IPF, Ben Smolden, who now volunteers for the IPF as a Volunteer Liaison Officer, working directly with other injured players.
The day included a mini and juniors showcase led by community coaches from Wasps, a women’s team session, and the 1st XV hosting Rugby Lions in the Midlands Intermediate Cup Final and winning in a close fought encounter.
Representatives from many other clubs across the Midlands were there in solidarity with the club and in support of the IPF’s work, raising money for and awareness of the charity.