Danny Cipriani to lead ‘Be Kind’ black armband tribute to Caroline Flack

Caroline Flack will be honoured by Danny Cipriani and his Gloucester team-mates with a heartfelt armband message this week.

England star Cirpriani was left devastated after the popular TV presenter tragically took her own life earlier this month.

The pair remained close friends having previously dated and Cipriani, 32, this week shared their last WhatsApp message exchange.

Now he has got his Gloucester club-mates on board to pay a touching tribute to the former Love Island host and they will black armbands against Premiership rivals Sale Sharks on Friday with the message: ‘Be Kind’.

Cipriani released an emotional video recently where he discussed the damage social media abuse can cause and even opened up on thoughts he had about taking his own life.

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Gloucester will use this week's game to once again highlight the importance of mental health as they back the #bekind campaign.

Cipriani said: "Caroline was one of the most caring, genuine people I ever met. She endured unimaginable criticism during her years in the public eye but through it all, she just wanted people to show a little kindness to each other. And that’s a message that should be her legacy – be kind.

“We all have spells of self-doubt, anxiety and low points. Nobody needs other people to point out their flaws and make them feel worse about themselves. A little kindness goes a long way.”

Cipriani himself sought out Premiership Rugby chiefs and requested that black armbands be worn in honour of Flack.

And the organisation's CEO Darren Childs has backed the fly-half's idea and his sentiment surrounding mental health.

He said: "Rugby is a tough game and although the players can put up with a lot of physical knocks, sometimes, the levels of inner hurt can go unnoticed. The sport has been making great strides in breaking down the barriers about discussing mental health challenges.

"But we all need to be more understanding about the struggles people are going through and being kind to one another is a start. We had no hesitation in agreeing to highlight this simple but important gesture.”

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