Danny Cipriani and Gloucester pay tribute to Caroline Flack after kit request

Gloucester player Danny Cipriani and his teammates paid an emotional tribute to the late Caroline Flack in their Gallagher Premiership match against the Sale Sharks on Friday night.

Cipriani said last week that he was 'grieving hard' following Miss Flack's death earlier this month, and the Gloucester team wore shirts which contained the words 'be kind' on the back.

Gloucester dedicated the match to raise awareness of mental health and promote kindness through the #BeKind campaign.

The Gloucester Rugby Foundation has joined forces with Samaritans to bring in-stadium support to fans at Kingsholm during the match.

England international Cipriani, 32, spoke emotionally on social media last week about his own mental health, including how he had suffered from thoughts about taking his own life in the past.

Cipriani also described Flack, with whom he was briefly romantically attached in 2019, recently as "one of the most caring, genuine people I ever met".

He added: "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.”

Premiership Rugby had given its blessing for Friday's kit to be changed after Cipriani made a personal request.
CEO of Premiership Rugby, Darren Childs, 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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