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Haringey Rhinos Ladies get a surprise delivery from Harlequins hooker Rob Buchanan

PUBLISHED: 12:49 14 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:49 14 November 2016

Haringey Rhinos Ladies captain Rachel Huang tries out the new stretcher with help from Harlequins hooker Rob Buchanan (right). Pic: Paolo Minoli

Haringey Rhinos Ladies captain Rachel Huang tries out the new stretcher with help from Harlequins hooker Rob Buchanan (right). Pic: Paolo Minoli

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Haringey Rhinos’ ladies got a surprise at their training session when Harlequins hooker Rob Buchanan turned up with a van-load of free medical equipment and supplies.

The Haringey players unpack one of their parcels. Pic: Paolo MinoliThe Haringey players unpack one of their parcels. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Logistics company DHL held a national competition called ‘DHL Delivers Rugby’ which invited grassroots clubs to list the equipment they needed – and a panel of judges awarded the prize to Haringey, who wanted to make their practice sessions safer.

Viccy Gardiner, who submitted the application, said: “We had an injury in training a few weeks ago - a very dislocated and broken ankle – and unfortunately we had to wait quite some time for paramedics to attend.

“The entire team stayed with her until they arrived, holding umbrellas and a makeshift canopy out of jackets zipped together. That’s because Rhinos are loyal; we’re a family.”

Haringey, who did not know they had won the competition, received a special delivery at last week’s training session, and Premiership forward Buchanan acted as the courier, handing over equipment including a spinal board, stretcher, ice packs and an RFU standard first aid kit.

Haringey's Viccy Gardiner (right) gets Rob Buchanan to sign for the delivery of the club's new spinal board. Pic: Paolo MinoliHaringey's Viccy Gardiner (right) gets Rob Buchanan to sign for the delivery of the club's new spinal board. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Buchanan said: “Obviously in the Premiership we’re fortunate to have access to great facilities, but I know many players aren’t so lucky. It’s great that the Rhinos look out for each other, and now they’re even better equipped.

“DHL has a long history of supporting professional and grassroots rugby around the world, and they’re taking that to the next level with ‘DHL Delivers Rugby’.”


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