This year the famous St Patrick’s Day game is set to be bigger and better than ever. Not only will competing teams London Irish and Gloucester be battling it out for the win, they will also be battling against cancer.

The Cancer Awareness Roadshow is coming to the Madejski Stadium to be part of the Supporters’ Village from 11am to talk to supporters about the disease. Nurses will be on the ground to speak about ways to reduce risks through lifestyle changes and the importance of early diagnosis.

Rugby supporters will also have the chance to make a donation towards Cancer Research with all funds raised going towards essential research to help beat cancer sooner, ensuring more men, women and children across the UK survive.

Following the passing of former London Irish Chairman David Fitzgerald who sadly lost his battle to Cancer last month, London Irish are more dedicated than ever before to support Cancer Research UK.

Christine Bailey, Head of Marketing and Communications said: “I would like to thank the generosity of everyone in the London Irish family for their support in our fundraising efforts for World Cancer Day and at our Britain’s Biggest Breakfast campaign. We’ve raised some valuable funds for Cancer Research UK already and believe we can do even more at our St Patrick’s Day Game this Sunday.”

Not only will supporters have the chance to confidentially ask nurses any questions and hear advice from the Cancer Research UK team, they will also be able to take a Smokerlyzer® test to measure the carbon monoxide levels in their lungs and take a Body Mass Index (BMI) test to find out whether their weight is within the healthy range.

Stephanie Maddox, Local Fundraising Manager said: “Since the launch of the partnership the staff and players have shown so much enthusiasm and dedication towards the charity. The Cancer Awareness Roadshow is a great opportunity for their fans to get show support and get fully involved”.

Alongside the Cancer Research nurses there will be face painting, food stalls, live music and much more. The biggest and best match of the season is not to be missed. Tickets are still available at if you wish to join the fight and help show your support. Alternatively call the London Irish ticket hotline on 0118 968 1016 and purchase your ticket with an optional donation over the phone. 

For further information about Cancer Research UK’s work or to find out how to support the charity, please call 0300 123 1022 or visit

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