45players returned to St Andrews this week to take part in the University of St Andrews Rugby Football Club Pre-Season training camp, which sees six hard days training to prepare them for their upcoming campaign in the British Universities and Colleges Sport League (BUCS)as well as the RBS Scottish Caledonia league program.
The players have been working extremely hard on fitness, core skills, team building as well as doing some volunteering work in the community. The squad spent a glorious Thursday afternoon at Kingarrock Golf Club, the home of Hickory, volunteering their time and man power to assist Course Manager David Anderson with various tasks around the course.
The squad were split into groups to assist course green keepers with moving logs, chopping wood as well as racking and collecting up grass on a course which prides itself on using no chemicals whatsoever as well as tradition green keeping methods.
David Anderson stated ‘It is great to be able to call upon so many young, fit and willing boys to assist us with our work here at Kingarrock before the winter comes. The boys worked extremely hard and hopefully had some fun too each having a shot at closest to the pin with our hickory clubs to round off the day. We wish them the best of luck for the upcoming season and hope the boys will return to Kingarrock in the future.’ The evolving rugby program at the University has taken a massive step forward over the past year with only 15players attending training at the same point last pre-season and Director of Rugby David Ross has been extremely impressed with his player’s attitude and commitment.
‘The lads have worked extremely hard this week and I am delighted that we have so many players attending pre-season training. Next week we will have 75 players coming to St Andrews for week 2 which will be extremely demanding but hopefully a lot of fun for all. The program has been expertly planned by the coaching staff along with the Universities Strength and Conditioning team and every minute of the week has a purpose and benefit to the players.’
Club Captain Jamie Irvine added: ‘We have a long hard season ahead with some very exciting fixtures including a friendly fixture against Cambridge University, so it is integral that the players work hard during this two week period so that when term starts and their academic commitments kick in, we have all our hard work in the bank ready to call upon.’
Training for the players includes individual skill work, team tactics and game planning, rugby specific fitness work, gym sessions as well as rest and recovery which includes the dreaded Ice Baths