Coping with pressure Big names who have revealed their battles away from the pitch
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.”
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.”
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.
Prop retired from international rugby earlier this year due to the anxiety he felt at being away from his family for such long periods.