With just under two weeks to go before England face Argentina and Wales face Australia in the autumn International series, the squads have taken the decision to intensify preparations with a training session together at Clifton College. The organised 'behind closed doors' encounter will be overseen by the Welsh referee Nigel Owens and will include scrums and lineouts. The rivals hope to improve scrummaging in this head to head initiative.
Dr Tim Greene, Head of College, said:
“We are thrilled to be welcoming Eddie Jones, Warren Gatland, their respective coaching teams and the England and Wales forwards to Clifton College for this momentous training session. It is a pleasure to showcase and share our fantastic facilities. We shall be following both teams closely in the autumn International series. We feel immensely proud to be part of their preparations."
Matt Salter, Director of Rugby at Clifton College and former Bristol Rugby Captain, is equally excited as he prepares to welcome the squads:
"Rugby is hugely important to Clifton College and The Close is a very special place to play. The Japanese squad trained here prior to their momentous World Cup victory over South Africa, and we recently had the pleasure of hosting Bristol Rugby for a residential training camp prior to the start of the 2017/18 Greene King IPA Championship season. Events like this are great for Clifton, and for the city of Bristol, and they really inspire our pupils to aim high in terms of their own sporting ambitions."
The session will not be open to members of the public or the media.