Sunderland RFC’s tribute to John Drummond. Picture credit: John Drummond Trust

Sunderland RFC have unveiled a rugby strip for this season to commemorate John Drummond who sadly lost his battle with bowel cancer in August at the age of 33.

Having played for Sunderland RFC during his time at Sunderland University, he was highly regarded as a vital player, and a caring person.

A fundraising event was held in October for the John Drummond Trust, where more than £1500 was raised.

With over 2500 people under the age of 50 diagnosed with bowel cancer in the UK, the John Drummond Trust looks to raise awareness, as well as helping to advance amateur sports.

A rugby strip has been made in memory of John, with varying sizes all costing £20.

Stephen Wood, who played with John numerous times believes the strip is a fitting tribute to his lost friend.

“I think the strip is an amazing idea. The first time I ever played with him we won 96-0. He scored at least five of the tries. I remember thinking he was everything I imagined a great rugby player to be.”

He added:“I myself have already bought one of the tops. It’s a great way of remembering a great player and a top person.”