RUGBY players are readying themselves for hits of a different kind.

Rochford Hundred’s director of rugby Chris Green has teamed up with the Locker Room’s James Chisholm to organise a boxing night which will see rugby stars swapping sports.

And Chisholm is certain the night will prove to be a knockout success.

“We haven’t ever done anything like this before and we thought it would be quite an interesting night,” said Chisholm.

“We want to get a bit of local competition going between players from all the local clubs by doing something a little bit different.

“We’ve had a few people express an interest but we’ll be going to them now and trying to get more to make it as big as we possibly can.”

The white collar fight night will be taking place at Rochford Hundred’s Magnolia Road base on Saturday, May 4 and will raise funds for the Wooden Spoon charity.

But Chisholm is fully aware how different entering the boxing ring will be for the rugby players.

“Rugby and boxing are worlds apart really,” said Chisholm.

“With boxing it’s actually about calmness and composure.

“We think it’s an aggressive sport but really as you get older you realise it’s about being controlled and calm.

“It’s like a game of chess really.”

Chisholm fought professionally after a successful amateur career.

And he will now be passing on his own experience to help the rugby players prepare properly.

“We’re offering a training camp here for them at the Locker Room,” said Chisholm.

“We have lots of classes here already which they can come and take part in.

“I’m sure it’s all going to go well because there’s a friendly banter between the rugby clubs and it would be nice if this could become an annual event.”

Rochford Hundred’s Lewis Brunger and Will Ferrier were among the first players to commit to the event.

And Brunger is looking forward to the night.

“I was having a beer after a game and stupidly said yes right away but it will be good fun,” said Brunger.

“I’m keen to get involved. It’s for charity and it’s a good chance to have a go at the guys from the other clubs.”

And Ferrier was also persuaded to get involved.

“I knew a few of the other boys were doing it so I said yes,” said Ferrier.

“But closer to the time I’ll be a bit more nervous as I’ve never done anything like this before.”