Cop­ing with pres­sure Big names who have re­vealed their bat­tles away from the pitch

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Jonny Wilkin­son

Hero of Eng­land’s 2003 World Cup vic­tory has talked openly about bat­tling anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion. “The only time I wasn’t strug­gling men­tal health-wise was be­tween the two whis­tles,” he said this year. “The only time I let go and en­gaged in life was when ev­ery­thing felt nat­u­ral. The rea­son rugby went well is be­cause I let go.”

Danny Cipri­ani

In 2011 the fly-half re­vealed that he had re­ceived coun­selling for de­pres­sion. He said: “Talk­ing to a coun­sel­lor is noth­ing to be ashamed of be­cause it’s their job to un­der­stand, and hav­ing peo­ple who love you sup­port­ing you also makes a big dif­fer­ence.”

James Haskell

The Eng­land in­ter­na­tional has said he suf­fered from anx­i­ety at the start of his ca­reer.

Nick De Luca

Former Scot­land cen­tre is a qual­i­fied men­tal health first-aid in­struc­tor after strug­gling with anx­i­ety dur­ing his play­ing days.

Joe Mar­ler

Prop re­tired from in­ter­na­tional rugby ear­lier this year due to the anx­i­ety he felt at be­ing away from his fam­ily for such long pe­ri­ods.

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