Carlisle Rugby Club has issued an SOS as two of their vital supporters eye pastures new.

Hollie Blakeston, who has been the club’s physio for the last three seasons, and fiancé, club prop Henry Furbank, are East Yorkshire-bound.

Secretary David Morton explained: “Hollie has now qualified in her field and has got a job as a physiotherapist at Hull Royal Infirmary.

"She has been invaluable, and Henry is joining a dental practice in Hull in September.

“It will leave a huge hole as the pair will, obviously, be living out of the area.”

Carlisle’s superb season climaxed with promotion to North Premier after winning North One West. And they are now looking to create a pool of professionally qualified people who have an interest in rugby, to act as physio / first aiders on match days during the coming season, both at home and away. 

Morton, named Sporting Hero of the Year at The Cumberland News Community Heroes Awards on Thursday, added: “We realise that most health care professionals work shifts and may not be available every Saturday. 

“Accordingly, a pool of relevant people would be ideal, and then perhaps they could organise a rota to cover games; unless of course that is, any one individual would be happy to assist on a regular basis.

"Doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, paramedics and ambulance technicians would all, obviously, be suitably qualified.”

The 1st XV have 13 home and 13 away games in North Premier, plus up to three possible cup games during the season that commences mid-August through to the end of April. Transport to away games is provided.

Anyone interested should call Morton on 07912 110782 or email