Their season may be over, but the players and coaches at Milford Haven RFC are ready to push themselves (literally) for a good cause.

Over the next five days, squad members will be aiming to complete a combined total of 36,000 press ups. The exact number of participants is yet to be confirmed, but it currently stands at 20, which would mean an average of 1,800 press ups per person.

Starting tomorrow (Wednesday), individuals will take turns in doing them and will be uploading the evidence via the club’s Facebook page, so that there can be no doubting the final total.

But as well as doubling up as some very early pre-season work, more importantly their efforts are also raising funds for care homes in the Milford Haven area. The current coronavirus pandemic has left many homes under immense pressure given the staff shortages and lack of PPE equipment.

The original idea came from player-coach Steve Martin, who explained the concept to Telegraph Sport.

“The main reason we’re doing this is to give something back to the community,” he said.

“The care homes will come under even more pressure in the next few weeks so we hope the funds will help them with their battle against the virus.

“A lot of people in Milford and the surrounding areas have family members at the care homes so it’s a way to reassure them that as a club we are here to support and help them.”

Martin however, accepts he and his team mates face a gruelling few days.

“It’s been a collective effort to sort something out. We saw burpee and running challenges online so decided to do something different.

“Three boys will go live each day – one in the morning, one in the afternoon, and one in the evening – and the rest will record their press ups and put their videos up. So we will have a running total each night.

“I gave it a trial run on Sunday and it will be a tough five days.”

Assistant coach Andrew Williams added: “There’s going to be some sore bodies out there.”

The Mariners had hoped to raise £1000 - but are well on course already to exceed that. As of 6pm tonight the total was already nearing £800. You can donate here.