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British sport stars form supergroup ‘Rig Aid’ and release Christmas single

Celebrity supergroup ‘Rig Aid’, comprised of some of the biggest names and frames in British sport – including James Haskell and Darren Gough - are going for the UK Christmas Number 1 spot with their single “It’s Christmas Time (It’s Time to Lash)”, to raise much needed funds for rugby charity, Restart Rugby.

Ex-British & Irish Lion James Haskell and retired England cricketer Darren Gough MBE are joined by England scrum half Danny Care, Ex-Scottish forward Jim Hamilton and England’s Vicky Fleetwood to name just a few of the twenty famous faces on the new charity single.

 It’s not only sportsmen and women who have lent their voices to the track though. Hollywood Actor Jeremy Irvine, star of ‘War Horse’, ‘Treadstone’ and ‘Mamma Mia! Here We go Again’ and Dublin’s viral influencer Paul Olima also appear on the track.

The group’s first single - produced by Ross O’Reilly who has worked with the likes of One Direction, Freya Ridings and Carrie Underwood - sees professional sports players, pundits and fans alike join forces with Instagram sensation, Archie Curzon. The track is available to pre-order HERE and on all top music platforms now.

The single will be officially released on December 18th along with the video starring all of the famous faces that make up Rig Aid. Costing just £0.99, ALL proceeds will go to Restart Rugby with fans able to buy the single as many times as they like, in an attempt to raise crucial funds for a charity that has taken a huge hit this year.

James Haskell, member of Rig Aid and Restart Rugby Ambassador said: “I’d be lying if I thought I’d ever be singing on a track, let alone going for Christmas number 1! I must hand it to the lads, it’s an incredibly catchy and entertaining song and I truly believe we’ve got a great shot at reaching Christmas number 1! Please can everyone get behind this hilarious track and support this incredible charity. It’s only 99p, so please buy it as many times as possible to raise invaluable funds so that Restart Rugby can continue to carry out their life changing work daily.

Haskell continued: “Restart Rugby is a charity incredibly close to my heart that helps both male and female players physically and also importantly, mentally. They literally save lives. They do amazing work providing financial and practical support to amateur and professional players and their families during difficult times, including help with the cost of medical treatment, rehabilitation equipment, counselling, education and career transition. Unfortunately, they are running out of money, fast, so here’s hoping this single raises enough to truly help.”

The song’s music video was directed by multi award-winning director Archie Brooksbank of Bladesman productions, who has an incredibly strong background in music videos, working with the likes of Rudimental, Duran Duran, Mark Ronson, and AC/DC.

“It’s Christmas Time (It’s Time to Lash)” is the brainchild of Archie Curzon, the self-proclaimed CEO of London's Clapham, and co-host of the chart topping ‘The Rig Biz’ podcast - a comedic sports & business show with a plethora of celebrity guests.

Freddy Clode, who wrote the song, co-hosts the podcast which boasts celebrity fans including Harry Judd, Jamie Laing and Chloe Madeley. They hope that the 100,000 people who listen to the ‘The Rig Biz’ each month will all support this initiative, resulting in raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for Restart Rugby.

Archie Curzon, lead singer of Rig Aid, co-host of The Rig Biz podcast and CEO of Clapham said: "‘It’s Christmas Time (It’s Time to Lash)’, is my Christmas gift to the nation after what's proved to be the most challenging of years. Not only is it a festive banger, but it is a song for people to sing; before, during and after all sporting occasions...or just whenever they’re on the lash.

As CEO of Clapham, I have pulled out all the stops and used all my LinkedIn connections to get some of the biggest names in international sport and entertainment involved (of course they were all very keen to be involved as they are with anything I do, and in fact I had to turn some people down if they didn’t have a blue tick).

We're incredibly excited to be supporting Restart Rugby as they require much needed funds to continue the life changing work they do daily. Essentially my thoughts are; raising money for charity got Captain Tom a Knighthood so hopefully, if I get one then my father (and best friend) will let me join the family for Christmas again.”

Full Rig Aid line-up: Darren Gough MBE (England Cricket Legend & Talksport’s Host), James Haskell (Ex-British & Irish Lion / England International), Jim Hamilton (Ex-Scotland International / The Rugby Pod), Alex Payne (Sky Sports’ face of Rugby), Danny Care (England International), Freddie Burns (Ex-England International), Nick Abendanon (Ex-England International), Paul Olima (Ex-professional footballer & influencer), Ed Jackson (Ex-Pro Rugby Player / Restart Rugby Ambassador), Vicky Fleetwood (England International), Archie Curzon (Rig Biz Co-Host / Influencer), Freddy Clode (Rig Biz co-host), Jeremy Irvine (Actor), Max Evans (Ex-Scotland international), Rory Lawson (Ex-Scotland captain), Eloise Hayward, Sydney Gregson, Emma Swords and Rosie Galligan (Saracens & England Ladies Rugby).

The official “It’s Christmas Time (It’s Time to Lash)” trailer can be enjoyed HERE 

Video messages from members of Rig Aid can be downloaded HERE