Rugby legends have sent get-well message to the ill under-15s captain of Oswestry Rugby club.

Former Wales and British Lions scrum half Mike Phillips and ex-England flanker Courtney Lawes both posted messages, shared by the club, for ill under 15s captain, Hugh Sharpe.

Hugh was rushed to hospital last month after being diagnosed with a brain tumour which required emergency surgery.

In a video released online Mike said: “Hi Hugh, I just want to send to send a quick video message to you. I’ve heard all about your operation and I have heard it has gone really well.

“I just want to wish you a speedy recovery now. Be strong as you are, I know you have got a loving family and friends all around you for support. So just be positive mate and you will be back up and running in no time.

“Just want to wish you all the best now and thinking of you.”


This follows a show of support by England international Courtney Lawes who said in a message: “I hope you are doing alright. I just wanted to say best of luck with you recovery mate. I hope everything goes really well.

“Stay strong. Keep your head up. Thinking of you bud.”

This is just the latest show of support for Hugh in the rugby world after local clubs all showed their support for him after he was rushed to hospital.

This led to Oswestry Rugby club to hold a fundraiser for Hughs’s family to help them with accommodation and travel to the hospital while he was in hospital.

There was a huge amount of generosity from the local community with a raffle and auction that saw incredible prizes being donated such as Autumn international tickets for England v Australia, Wales v England tickets for the six nations, VIP tickets to see Take That, a signed Wales top from this year's Six Nations, a handmade wooden Gazebo, a stay in a Riverside Cabin and a luxury weekend getaway in a Pine Lodge at Blackthorn Fishery.

This was hugely successful and the club believes it has raised over £20,000 for Hugh and his family.