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‘Biggest rugby fan on earth’: Jamie George vows to honour late mother
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‘Biggest rugby fan on earth’: Jamie George vows to honour late mother

Jamie George recently shared that he found out about his mother’s cancer diagnosis on the same day he was given the opportunity to be the captain of England’s rugby team. He paid a heartfelt tribute to his mother and promised to make her proud in their upcoming match against Scotland, following her passing last week.

George stated that his mother, Jane, was known as the most passionate supporter of rugby and shared that the only two games she was unable to attend during his Test matches were England’s victories against Wales and Italy due to her illness. He revealed that Jane was diagnosed approximately seven weeks prior, but it was not until last Sunday that he learned of her terminal lung cancer, and she passed away last Wednesday.

The 33-year-old prostitute stated that he had deliberated over whether to agree to the offer of being captain until he had consulted with his family. However, his first game in the position was “the most proud day of his life.” George also affirmed his desire to pay tribute to his mother by continuing to lead England against Scotland instead of taking a break.

He stated, “The same day I discovered I would be the England captain was the day I learned about her cancer diagnosis. It was a day filled with mixed emotions. Our family has been facing challenges for a while now, and it has given me a new perspective on things.”

She was the ultimate rugby enthusiast, deeply devoted to her team and never missed a match, always there to watch me play. The message she sent me before my first game [as captain] is a precious memory that I will cherish forever. Despite her struggles, she told me it was the proudest moment of her life. To be able to maintain a positive attitude despite her challenges is truly inspiring.

“My mother would have wanted me to play on Saturday. No matter where she is now, she will be watching and telling everyone that her son is the captain of England. I am certain that this would have meant a lot to her. Whenever I play, my goal is to make my family proud. It has always been a strong motivation for me.”

The situation will remain the same this weekend, but it may possibly be improved. It will be a meaningful experience for me as I make my appearance. It will be the initial game without her presence. Unfortunately, she was unable to attend the first two games, which has been difficult. However, my father Ian, uncle Robbie, and both brothers Gareth and Jonathan will be in attendance.

Jamie George leads the England team out to face Wales at Twickenham View image in fullscreen

“I have had thoughts about not playing, but I know it is not what she would have wanted. In fact, it is the opposite of what she would have wanted. It was not my initial desire either. I am grateful for the opportunity to do what I love. Though it is not an ideal circumstance, I never hesitated in my decision to participate in this game.”

“We were able to engage in difficult conversations that are often avoided, but I also had some wonderful conversations with my mother toward the end. These experiences helped me gain a new perspective on things.”

As the captain, I emphasized the importance of representing England and the positive impact it can have on others. I have personally witnessed this, as even on my mother’s deathbed, she spoke about the pride she felt in me playing for the England rugby team. It is truly remarkable. She will be with me in some way on Saturday, which holds great significance for me.

George is the leader of an England team that has undergone five changes. The unexpected choice of George Furbank as fullback replaces Freddie Steward, who has been excluded from the team for the match. Ollie Lawrence, Danny Care, Ellis Genge, and Dan Cole have also been added to the lineup, as George aims to steer England towards their first victory against Scotland since 2020.

George stated, “I have had a strong desire to fully immerse myself in this experience. It has been an incredible way for me to express myself and it is what my mother would have wanted. Playing for this team has been the pinnacle of my life and it always will be.”

“Leading this team is definitely the highlight of my career and she would have wanted me to fully embrace this role. She expressed her pride in me, not just for my accomplishments, but also for my approach, which remains unchanged despite recent events.”

“When entering the arena or stepping onto the field, it is a pleasant sensation to be able to let go of any previous events. I am motivated to win not only for myself, but also for her and in her memory. However, I am aware that Scotland will not make it easy for us to achieve this goal. Regardless of the outcome, my main focus is to make her proud and to also make my family in the stands proud.”

Source: theguardian.com