A RYDE soft-tissue therapist had a hand in the fortunes of the top three teams in this year’s Rugby World Cup.
Jake Brougham, 22, runs his own business, Remedial Body Balance, on the Isle Of Wight, but decided to leave that behind for what was initially a one-week job working with the South Africa squad at the beginning of the tournament.
But Official Sports Services, the company which drafted in all the helpers for the tournament, liked Jake’s work and asked him to carry on his duties for another week, with Australia.
That turned into a seven-week job, as he followed Australian fortunes all the way to the final, where they were defeated by the All Blacks, which also had the benefit of Jake’s treatment for a day earlier on in the competition.
"To have worked on the winners, runners-up and third-place teams was amazing," said Jake, who is now back on the Isle Of Wight. "It was such an honour to be involved at all, but to work with these teams was special. As a fan of the game as well, it was an incredible experience."