The British public has shown its support for National Health Service (NHS) workers and carers on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis.
Thousands across the country clapped, cheered and even set off fireworks to show appreciation for healthcare workers at 20:00 GMT.
Here’s what rugby players have been saying:
Was nice to hear the neighbours cheer & clap tonight 👏🏾— Lima Sopoaga (@LimaSopoaga) March 26, 2020
I gather we will applaud the NHS at 8pm this evening. A better show of appreciation for its great work would have been to vote for a party that truly cares for it. History being rewritten again; any way, they are giants of our land. I’ll vote and stand for them @NewStatesman— Stuart Barnes (@SBarnesRugby) March 26, 2020
As kids, we thought heroes wore capes and had superpowers.— Wasps Rugby (@WaspsRugby) March 26, 2020
As adults, we know that heroes are the ones who put themselves before others. The ones who risk their own lives to save others. The ones on our NHS frontline.
We cannot thank you enough 👏🏽
We ❤️ NHS#ClapForOurCarers pic.twitter.com/xP2BEMTNER
Lets hear it for our NHS troops on the frontline….. great jobs guys❤ pic.twitter.com/LnASJmNqxl— Cumnock Rugby (@CumnockRugby) March 26, 2020
Seven Rugby stars who are qualified doctors
There’s no question that earning a medical degree takes some smarts and these rugby stars certainly have that in abundance.
1. Jannie du Plessis
He studied medicine at the University of the Free State and became a qualified doctor, making him one of the few players in the professional era of rugby union to have a career outside of the sport while playing professionally.