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Sam and Phil expecting big day for Cinderford

Ealing Trailfinders next home match against Cinderford is already building up to being a special day for everyone involved at the Club.

Aside from the on-pitch action there are plenty of activities taking place to raise money for Jack Fishwick, a former Ealing Trailfinders player who suffered an accident while playing rugby earlier in the year and who has been left quadriplegic. 

It will be the first time that Jack has been back at the Club in two or three years, ” wing Sam Wardingley said. “Unfortunately back in March this year he had a big accident that occurred when he was playing rugby and it has changed his life in quite a drastic way. It will be great to have him back in the Club with the boys who played with him for a good couple of years.”

There is a pre-match lunch featuring an auction from which money will go to the Jack Fishwick Discretionary Trust Fund, a fund that has been set up to help Jack with his ongoing treatment and care, while afterwards there will be live music entertaining the crowds late into the night. 

It was a cause the first XV took to their hearts and they quickly made the Trust Fund their chosen charity for the season. 

Wing Phil Chesters has been friends with Jack since his schooldays and has been at the heart of the efforts to raise funds. 

“He’s a fellow Salisbury boy, so he’s known Hendo (Andrew Henderson) and Alex Penny, who is currently playing here, for many years, ” Chesters said. “He loved being at the Club for the couple of seasons that he was here.

“Hopefully we’ll get the win, but before then there’s a pre-match lunch with lots of little things going on and they’ve got a few surprises in store. They’ll be an auction as well. Post-game they’ll be plenty going with a live band, so it should be a really good atmosphere and hopefully we get the win so that everyone is happy.”

Calendar boys

The main money raising initiative has been the 2015 Charity Calendar, which features the players in various states of undress and which has been flying off the shelves. 

Wardingley was one of the stars of the calendar, where he featured as Mr March. He is no stranger to such modelling, having also featured in the 2014 Rugby Hunks calendar. 

“It was an interesting day, ” he said. “We were down early on a Thursday morning, about 16 lads dressed down to our birthday suits, all oiled up as well. 

“It was a good day, a good laugh and really good for team building, but the main focus was to raise as much money for Jack and his ongoing recovery.”

While there is plenty going on off the field, on it Ben Ward’s side will be out to win their fifth match from five matches to go into their visit to second-place Richmond a week later in top form. 

“One of the things Ben has done is to creature a culture of striving for perfection and that is something that had been reinforced every week at training, ” Wardingley said. “Culture is a big thing for us this year and striving for the best that we can be.”