Rugby union: Mum's the word as England's world beaters come face-to-face with their harshest critics

Tom Mitchell, James Rodwell and Dan Bibby met their sternest critics

Regardless of professional status, high steps on the career ladder or age, most Brits can rely on family to deliver the brutal truth in good times and bad. England Sevens players brought this notion pitchside ahead of Mother’s Day, in a light–hearted video capturing mums and wives critiquing habits, haircuts and relationship misconceptions.

The short film features the families of captain Tom Mitchell, Dan Bibby, Phil Burgess and James Rodwell, full of opinions on the players’ careers and their lives off the field.

Beginning with comments from mum, Sue Mitchell on the state of Tom’s hair and Katie, Bibby’s fiancée, laughing that Dan is under the illusion that he wears the trousers, the video documents the impact that family has had on the progress of the players’ careers. The playfully critical commentary then develops to reveal the true value of encouragement and support to boost success.

The cheerful interviews were created to celebrate the HSBC London Sevens finale weekend at Twickenham Stadium, ‘Feast of Rugby’ which combines gourmet international street food with international rugby. Following the success of last year, the family friendly event on 20th and 21st May, is going bigger and better in 2017 with an increased capacity to 50,000 tickets per day. With live music, vintage fairgrounds and a few familiar foodie faces, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy.

Feast of Rugby will make the perfect Mother’s Day present and is something for the whole family to enjoy. Click here for more information and to book tickets.

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