Rugby stars roast to raise cash for a very good cause

SARACENS rugby players took a leap with their naked feet to achieve a roasting feat for The Hospice of St Francis.

The 120 players and staff walked across a 20ft bed of hot coals burning at 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit at their home ground in Old Albanian Rugby Club, St Albans.

St Francis and Saracens Firewalk on Hot Coals Saracens Rugby Club, St Albans, Hertfordshire 8th November 2011 Video and photos - Natalee Hazelwood

St Francis and Saracens Firewalk on Hot Coals Saracens Rugby Club, St Albans, Hertfordshire 8th November 2011 Video and photos - Natalee Hazelwood

They collected more than £4,500 – which will go towards their target of making £100,000 this season to pay for three full-time specialist nurses at the Northchurch-based charity.

They wanted to repay the good cause after fullback Chris Wyles’ mother Jessica was looked after for three weeks before she died from pancreatic cancer aged 61 in March.

Chris (pictured below) said: “They were fantastic to us and our family. I am very happy we have now got this relationship with them.”

Chris had only recently returned from playing for the USA in the Rugby Union World Cup when he took part in the firewalk challenge on Tuesday, November 8.

The Saracens, who are the Aviva Premiership champions, had previously abseiled down the side of the Dixons’ building in Maylands Avenue, Hemel Hempstead, to raise cash for the hospice.

Donate to the club at www.justgiving.com/Chris-Wyles