RUGBY starlets, coaches and parents are feeling the burn - after being inspired to support food banks by Man United's Marcus Rashford.

Under-14s players at Sale RUFC are embarking on a rigorous regime in aid of the Trussell Trust in the wake of the Red Devils' striker's free school meals crusade.

Rashford had lunchtimes in his sights but the Sale youngsters are backing food banks across all meals of the day.

Coaches have applauded the effort, which should see all those taking part in complete 200,000 reps.

In a statement released to the Messenger, their trainers David Gillan and Paul Gibbon said: "The under 14s have come together to acknowledge how lucky they are during these difficult times and take part in a daily fitness challenge to raise awareness and funds for the Trussell Trust food bank, who do an amazing job providing emergency food support for local families locked in poverty."

Each players has been tasked with carrying out nine different bodyweight exercises, with 30 reps for each.

This is intended to signify the nine in 30, out of each average school class, estimated to be living in some form of poverty.

The statement adds: "The boys have always prided themselves on being a very fit team, taking part in regular Cross Fit sessions prior to lockdown,

"But most will admit to being pretty good at Fortnite and FIFA following the suspension of rugby.

"The commitment to the cause shows what a fine group of young men these boys are become. They have embraced the challenge with real rugby values and a desire to make a difference."

Messenger readers are being urged to support their fundraiser, which will assist Trussell's work in the South Trafford area.

Donations can be pledged online at