Scotland head north to prepare for summer tour

Scotland will undertake a three-day training camp in Perthshire and the Highlands in preparation for their summer tour to South Africa.

The 31-man squad will visit the thriving Blairgowrie club – one of the winners of RBS Club of the Month this season – Grantown Grammar School, which has nurtured growing participation in the game in Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools’ competitions for both boys and girls; and a new community facility in Aviemore.

All of their training sessions will be open to the public, while they will also undertake a specialist coaching clinic for some of the most promising young Pathway players in the Highlands.

 

Full details of the schedule will be confirmed through the local clubs and schools.

Scotland team manager Gavin Scott said: “At this stage of a physically arduous season the coaches were keen that we did something different in our pre-tour activity.

“We’ve always received tremendous support from the north of Scotland and the enthusiasm for the game there and desire to improve is inspirational.

“We hope to show our appreciation for the work that is going on in communities in Perthshire and the Highlands to give young people the chance to catch the rugby bug.

“Our players are humble. They are acutely aware that without the help they received at their local club or school, they wouldn’t be in the privileged position they are now, so this is also their way of giving something back.”

The camp takes place from Monday 27 to Wednesday 29 May, with the squad departing for their quadrangular tournament involving Samoa, South Africa and Italy, on Friday 31 May.