Posted by Aston Avery

Rugby stars Jim Hamilton & Al Hargreaves on Rugby World Cup and motor neurone disease

As the world eagerly anticipates the Rugby World Cup, two rugby players turn a shared passion into a powerful initiative that not only celebrates the spirit of camaraderie on the field but also aims to make a lasting impact off it.

Crafted with unwavering passion and a profound purpose, Al Hargreaves and Jim Hamilton, former international rugby players, introduce “Second Row IPA.” This exquisite Session IPA isn’t just a beverage; it’s a symbol of unity, strength, and a heartfelt commitment to raising both funds and awareness for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA). But this initiative carries an even deeper significance—one that resonates with the very essence of the rugby community.

This year, we stand together for more than just the game. “Second Row IPA” is an homage to their friend and fellow international second row player, Ed Slater. Ed’s journey took an unexpected turn when he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND) in 2022, forcing him to retire from the sport he loved. The profound impact of Ed’s story resonates deeply with Al and Chris—reminding them that the battles we face off the field can be just as challenging as those on it.

Aston spoke to Rugby Union legends Jim Hamilton and Al Hargreaves.

Photo by Jiachen Lin on Unsplash

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