Scot­land rugby stars visit Oban

‘It was great to have some­one of Chris Pater­son’s stature at the club, pass­ing on his coach­ing and play­ing ex­pe­ri­ence’

The Oban Times - - Sport 31 -

THEY say good luck comes in threes, which will ring true for rugby fans from Oban as three of the game’s big­gest stars visit the town in the space of a fort­night.

Chris Pater­son, who is Scot­land’s most- capped player and the na­tion’s record points holder, was at Oban Lorne Rugby club last Thurs­day for a train­ing ses­sion.

Now re­tired, Pater­son was on hand to pass on his knowl­edge of the game at the high­est level, with his ap­pear­ance at­tract­ing 40 lo­cal play­ers from ages rang­ing from 15 to 50-plus. The train­ing ses­sion was or­gan­ised by Oban Lorne player/coach, Tommy Suther­land.

Allan Wright, who is Ar­gyll and Bute’s rugby de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer, and plays for Oban Lorne, said: ‘It was great to have some­one of Chris’s stature at the club, pass­ing on his coach­ing and play­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘It was re­ally pos­i­tive be­cause our pre-sea­son started a month ago and we had about 15 to 20 bod­ies, but on Thurs­day we had around 40. I think the num­bers show that per­haps there is scope for two rugby teams in the town. If you could pick two teams, I don’t doubt they’d both be full of good play­ers.

‘Per­haps a feeder team, which could de­velop our younger play­ers and give our older guys a game too would be some­thing the club could look into in the fu­ture.’

Jason White, who cap­tained Scot­land 19 times, will be in Oban to­day (Thurs­day), Fri­day and Satur­day, be­tween 7pm and 9pm, to hold more spe­cial train­ing ses­sions at Lorne’s ground.

Starstruck

Mean­while, ju­nior play­ers will be feel­ing starstruck on Mon­day, Au­gust 3, as Oban wel­comes one of Scot­land’s best play­ers of the past ten years for a train­ing camp.

Alastair Kel­lock will be at Oban Lorne rugby club for the Glas­gow War­riors camp, which pro­vides coach­ing and ac­tiv­i­ties on Mon­day, Au­gust 3.

Kel­lock, 34, will be on hand to show off the Guin­ness Pro12 tro­phy, which Glas­gow War­riors won back in May, beat­ing Mun­ster. The win was the first ever for a Scot­tish side and was Kel­lock’s fi­nal game for the club, re­tir­ing at the end of the sea­son.

Kel­lock, who was capped 56 times for Scot­land, said: ‘ The camp will give the chil­dren the op­por­tu­nity to ac­cess some top qual­ity coach­ing and see the tro­phy.

‘I’ve played in Oban be­fore and have played against the team at the Allan Glen’s rugby tour­na­ment in the past, so I know a few of the guys.

‘ We re­ally want to build on the suc­cess of the win, which is the big­gest in Scot­tish rugby union history. Hope­fully it in­flu­ences and im­proves rugby at grass­roots level.’

The rugby camp pro­gramme is aimed at pri­mary four to un­der-15 age groups, and pro­vides struc­tured ac­tiv­i­ties, util­is­ing the ex­pe­ri­enced and qual­i­fied coaches from the Glas­gow War­riors com­mu­nity coach­ing team.

For more in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing how to book a place, visit: www. etick­et­ing. co. uk/ scot­tishrugby/ de­tails/event

This Satur­day’s pre-sea­son games see Oban Lorne take on Mur­ray­field Wan­der­ers, with Ar­gyll and Bute meet­ing Aber­feldy RFC.

Both games are at Glen­cruit­ten, with kick- off at 2pm.

RUGBY CAMP: Alastair Kel­lock with the Pro12 tro­phy which Glas­gow War­riors won back in May de­feat­ing Mun­ster in the fi­nal. Alastair will be in Oban on Mon­day, Au­gust 3 for a War­riors

rugby camp aimed at pri­mary four to un­der 15 age groups.

Oban Lorne’s Robin MacQueen pic­tured with Chris Pater­son at

Glen­cruit­ten last week.

For­mer Scot­land cap­tain, Chris Pater­son, with Oban Lorne’s Robert Wright t31rugby01

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