Diggers host charity rugby day for one of their own

Tryden Bloom makes ground for Diggers during the Charity Rugby Day.

Diggers Rugby Club’s annual Charity Rugby Day was held in aid of one of its own players this year.

Brett Crowe (28) is currently in stage three of inflammatory carcinoma (breast cancer) and aims to raise R250 000 soon for an operation to remove a tumour.

Coming to his support, the club held an all-day affair on 7 October, featuring games ranging from U9 to open and old boys level. Clubs from across Joburg sent teams to make the day a thrilling event for rugby fans.

“I have known Brett for a long time, and when you play rugby with someone they become like a brother to you,” said club manager, Andrew Collison. “The whole club supports him and wants him to get better.”

Xander van Niekerk of Diggers breaks the defensive line against Khosa Sports Club U9s.

Crowe has played in the 1st team since he joined Diggers in 2013, and struggled to find the words to show his gratitude for the support shown to him.

“I appreciate the help in organising this event and finding sponsors,” he said simply.

He explained that while he had been in pain, his greatest challenge with the illness had been to refrain from strenuous activities. This means he has had to give up rugby.

“I kept playing for a while but woke up later in so much pain. I still want to live my life, but I need to keep my heart rate down. ”

Diggers Rugby Club and Khosa Sports Club players battle it for possession at the Charity Rugby Day.


The Diggers Rugby Club U9s (blue) are ready to scrum against Khosa Sports Club.

Diggers is organising further fundraisers for Crowe and will make the details public in coming weeks.

Khosa Sports Club (pink) U9s take on Diggers Rugby Club in the opening game of the Charity Rugby Day.


Xander van Niekerk of Diggers U9 team bursts through tackles against Khosa Sports Club.


Xander van Niekerk of Diggers hits a wall of Khosa Sports Club players.


Bradley Butcher passes the ball from the scrum for Diggers U9s.


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Details: Diggers Rugby Club [email protected]; 083 644 5058.


Nicholas Zaal
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