THREE rugby students enrolled on Borders College’s BASE course visited the home of the English game for Rugby Expo 2011.
Accompanied by Richie Gray, programme leader for BASE (Borders Academy of Sporting Excellence), Gala pair Russell Anderson and Gregor Mein, and Josh Welsh of Selkirk learned about the latest developments in the game, as well as the different types of businesses involved with rugby, from manufacturing training aids to artificial pitches.
The event offered a range of workshops and live demonstrations as well as representatives from the International Rugby Board, and governing bodies of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
More than 50 professional rugby clubs, 18 rugby playing nations and in excess of 200 grass roots clubs attended.
The students also had the opportunity to demonstrate their skills when showcasing the new Collision King, the training aid that helps develop correct techniques at the ruck breakdown, invented by Gray, who later went on to win the Technical Innovation Award at the Rugby Expo Awards 2011 dinner, see left.
The trio were also given a tour of Twickenham, the home of the troubled RFU.