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Your News Midlands players get on their bikes for Injured Players Foundation

TWO Midlands rugby players will be cycling 3,500 miles down the west coast of America from Vancouver to Mexico this summer to raise money for the RFU Injured Players Foundation.

Thomas Morris and Adam Wood, both former students at York University, aim to complete the gruelling ride in 32 days calling in at rugby clubs along the way.

They aim to raise 2,500 for the ride which was inspired by Ben Smoldon, one of the IPF clients, who suffered a serious injuries playing for Sutton Coldfield Colts in 1991.

Smoldon has remained an inspirational figure at Sutton Coldfield, Morriss own club and his elder brother Simon will greet the cyclists when they arrive at the Burnaby Lake club in Vancouver.

I know Ben well and he is still at the heart of everything that goes on at Sutton, Morris said.

I got chatting to him about all the good work that the RFU Injured Players Foundation does and decided to do something to help.

Im going off to medical school in September, Adam is at law school in Nottingham so we both have a bit of spare time in the summer which we can use to help support this good cause.

Morris, a keen cyclist, has already completed the 1,000-mile Dalmatian Coast ride in Croatia, but the American ride is likely to provide the less experienced Wood.

To promote their charity ride Morris will attempt to cycle to four rugby clubs around Sutton Coldfield and north Birmingham on Saturday April 9, starting at Sutton and taking in Spartans RFC, Aston OE and Veseyans.

Details about the charity back ride are available at: www.ruckingandrolling.blogspot.comand donations can be made at:

The RFU Injured Players Foundation supports people who sustain a catastrophic injury (CI) whilst playing rugby. The charity provides help and support for both players and their families in the early months of these injuries as well as in the long term and incorporates the former SPIRE Rugby Trust charity.

In addition to this support, the charity takes a more active approach to conducting and supporting research and education aimed at preventing injuries; and identifying how injured players can be helped more effectively.

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