Scotland to host open training session in Head Coach's hometown

Head Coach Gregor Townsend has extended an invitation to Scotland supporters to an open training session in his hometown of Galashiels on Friday 16 February at 1.30pm.

The session will offer supporters an exclusive insight into what it takes to become an international rugby player and a chance to meet some of their heroes, one week before Scotland and England renew the oldest rivalry in international rugby in the NatWest 6 Nations at BT Murrayfield (Saturday 24 February).

The session will be hosted by former Scotland captain, Al Kellock, who will be on hand to talk through the team’s session plan and answer questions from fans.

Supporters can also expect to hear from players and coaches throughout the session, followed by an opportunity to meet some of the Scotland squad after training for autographs and photographs.

Townsend, said: "The support for the team throughout the country has been fantastic and gives us a real boost going into the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations. We always look forward to meeting our supporters and I'm personally excited to be back at Netherdale.

"Having open sessions like these are not only an excellent opportunity for supporters to see first-hand the intensity with which our players train but also reminds the squad of the amazing backing we have from the nation."

Kicking off at 1.30pm at Netherdale in Galashiels, the open session will last between an hour and an hour and a half, with time allocated after the session for fans to mingle with players.

Entry to the session is free, however fans are encouraged to sign up and register their interest via the Scottish Rugby website to avoid disappointment.