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This Saturday afternoon Coventry Rugby will be commemorating the Covid-19 pandemic and celebrating the contributions of NHS staff and other key workers during the last 15 months.

The team will be wearing the limited-edition NHS shirts which sold out in record time last summer, a design which includes the NHS blue, a rainbow sleeve to honour all key workers, the club’s traditional blue and white on the other sleeve, and a special #ThankYouNHS message.

The game against Saracens will also be preceded by a short period of silence to remember those people who have sadly lost their lives to Covid-19, and a period of applause to thank the contributions of everyone who worked so hard to keep us healthy and the country functioning throughout the lockdown periods.

Coventry Rugby executive chairman Jon Sharp says that this gesture is the least the club can do for the first game back in front of supporters.

“We thought very carefully about how we could recognise both the losses and thank all the key workers, and felt it was only right to have periods of silence and applause, along with the special NHS shirt,” he commented. “It is highly likely that there will be supporters in the stadium who will know someone who sadly lost their lives to Covid-19, and others who will know NHS staff or key workers, and hopefully they will all appreciate this gesture.”