Thomson Training For Prom King

ImageLocal Ontario youngster, Dan Hunter, ended a dream Prom weekend today when the 18-year-old trained with Gasgow Warriors hooker Fergus Thomson and the rest of the Scotland "A" team.

After graduating from Sacred Heart, North Gower, Ottawa on Friday, the Barrhaven Scottish Under 18s player headed down to his club this morning to watch the Scotland A team's first training session since arriving in Canada ahead of the Barclays Churchill Cup, the international rugby tournament which starts at Twin Elm Stadium on Saturday.

But with Scotland short on numbers, he ended up trying out on the wing with players from the birthplace of his grandfather for the hour-long session.

"It was a dream come true," said Hunter, who moved to Ottawa from Kingston two years ago. "The guys were so nice. They'd just come off a 13-hour flight the previous day but they were so helpful. Even if I made a mistake they just gave me pointers about how to improve. On top of my Prom, it's a weekend I'll remember forever."

In fact Hunter, who had even purchased a Scotland shirt over the internet complete with his name inscribed on the back, did not disgrace himself.

Thomson, who captains the Scotland A team, said: "Dan did very well and made a good break at one point. He was really enthusiastic and maybe there's a future for the guy in rugby."

Despite their jetlag, the whole Scotland A squad turned out to run a coaching clinic for 100 young people, including a team from Chelsea (Quebec).

Scotland A Head Coach Rob Moffat said: "We had a good first session this morning and it was a pleasure to be here. It's always important to work with the kids because they are the future and it's good for the players because they always learn something, particularly about communicating with young people."

With an inflatable rugby kicking cage and bungee try run it was a morning to remember and organiser Brian Lyall added: "The children had great fun and it's fantastic that Scotland have given their time to come here. It exposes our young players to rugby as an international sport and we are delighted with how it went."

Barclays Churchill Cup schedule"

Saturday June 7
Twin Elm Stadium, Ottawa
England Saxons v USA (2.05pm)
Canada v Scotland A (4.35pm)

Wednesday June 11
Richardson Stadium, Kingston
Argentina v Scotland A (4.35pm)
Ireland A v USA (7.05pm)

Saturday June 14
Fletcher's Field, Markham, Toronto
England Saxons v Ireland A (2.05pm)
Canada v Argentina (4.35pm)

Saturday June 21
Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Chicago
Barclays Churchill Cup finals - Cup, Plate, Bowl (11.35am/2.05pm/4.35pm)

Please note all times are local time.
All of Scotland's games will be broadcast live of Sky Sports - see skysports.com for more information.