Eastleigh RFC chose International Women’s Day to show their community spirit and support for a worthy cause.

The first XV were happy to pose with members of Southampton Women’s Aid minutes before their important home game with Surrey side KCS Old Boys.

The group supports women, children and young people who have, or are, experiencing domestic abuse.

It is celebrating its 40th anniversary by continuing to raise awareness and to fundraise.

Members provide both practical and emotional support via individual sessions, group work and through a free helpline.

Southampton Women’s Aid manager, Georgina Davie said: “We want to raise awareness about the fact that we can all do something positive to prevent domestic abuse – we are thrilled that Eastleigh Rugby Club’s men are standing up to violence against women.”

Eastleigh skipper Russell Smith said: “We are always happy to get involved in the community and this is such a worthwhile cause that we are happy to put our name to.”