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Watch our rugby families as they discuss all things around physical and mental wellbeing on our new content series Ruggerbox

Sport has a special way of bringing people together and ahead of the Quilter Cup series, three rugby supporting families who couldn’t get together in the stadium, came together at home.

Our three families downloaded the free SimplyMe app that tracks mind, heart, weight, sleep and activity data and talked openly about how understanding the big picture of their health helps them lead happier, healthier lives. You can follow all their journeys in our exclusive content series ‘Ruggerbox’.

Watch more of the series and get some hints and tips for creating healthy habits at home

You can hear more about both the five key pillars and the SimplyMe app from our three families in the Ruggerbox video content series.

Meet the Ruggerbox families

Three rugby-loving groups from Romford to Birmingham and aged five up to 84 chatted all things health and well- being -  

mental health, body image, stress, activity and rugby. 


Heather Fisher and family sat on illustrated sofa

Family 1: Heather, Michelle and Nicole

Heather is a professional rugby player who has represented England at World Cup level and has experienced many highs and lows with her physical and mental wellbeing. She sits down with her mum, who is in her 50’s, and her nan, who is in her 80’s, at her house near Birmingham. That’s three generations of one family who have all grown up in extremely different times to one another and have very different experiences when it comes to perceptions about women’s health and wellbeing in particular. The SimplyMe app helps them understand one another’s health by encouraging conversation, as does sitting down with a good cup of tea to watch the rugby. 

Family 2: Dylan, Jo and Thea – The Hartley Family

Dylan, aged 34, is a retired England rugby captain. He lives at home with his wife Jo, 5-year-old daughter Thea, 6-month-old baby Rex, and their dog Ru. The Hartley family love walking their dog, spending time outdoors gardening and of course keeping fit. It’s rare to get them on the sofa all at once but is a great place to talk openly as a family about their physical and mental health and answer any questions that inquisitive daughter Thea may have. 

Dylan Hartley and family sat on illustrated sofa
The John Brothers sat on illustrated sofa

Family 3: Nathaniel and Sam – The John Brothers

The John brothers, Nathaniel and Sam, from Essex, both play amateur rugby, packing out the front row of Old Cooperians RFC. They love the physical side of the game and how sociable it is, but that doesn’t mean they shy away from talking about things like mental health. They’re a great support to one another and rarely go a day without talking. This proved to be extremely important over lockdown when they were missing their rugby companions as well as their favourite form of exercise! 

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