Rightly so, sport is not the most important thing this weekend. However, with the decision to allow rugby games to go ahead, clubs have taken the opportunity to pay their respects following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Since the passing of The United Kingdom’s longest serving Head Of State, there has been a huge debate over whether sporting fixtures should be allowed to play. Both rugby and cricket took the decision to continue with planned games, and the response by fans, players and staff has been extremely emotive.
All members of broadcasters at Premiership Rugby games wore black, and flags were flown at all the stadiums to symbolise King Charles III being officially the new King Of England.
Moreover, minutes of silence were held up and down the country followed by often rousing singing of ‘God Save The King’ – both of which created extremely emotional, respectful and poignant scenes.
Not everybody will agree with the decision to allow rugby to continue this weekend, but what cannot be questioned is the admiration, respect and thanks to Queen Elizabeth II that was present at every match.
An impeccably observed minute of silence from all matches across Gallagher Premiership Rugby today.
The rugby community stands united in remembrance of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as games kick off. pic.twitter.com/Ei0n4qR7kh
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Minute’s silence observed by teams from Dings, Clifton and Frampton Cotterell, followed by a rousing #GodSaveTheKing pic.twitter.com/0bF23ysOR1
— Wyn Tingley (@wyntingley) September 10, 2022