EAST Kilbride Rugby Club are set to welcome a special guest to Torrance House on Wednesday (tonight) – as Scotland World Cup star Ally Strokosch returns to his hometown to help out at the S2 side’s training night.
The Stewartfield star, along with fellow East Kilbridian Richie Gray, was this week named in Andy Robinson’s squad for next month’s showpiece in New Zealand.
But before jetting off Ally will help youngsters sharpen up their skills in training.
In a busy week for the club they are also hosting a Come and Try session for youngsters looking to take up the sport.
All current players, from P1 through to S4, have been given the task of bringing along a non-playing friend to sample a non-contact training session.
In addition, the session is open to youngsters aged 5-16 who have no link to the rugby club at all, but would like to have a closer look.
The avowedly non-contact session will be taken by the Junior Section coaches, who will in turn be assisted by a number of first team squad members, all of whom have come through the ranks at East Kilbride.
Focus for the night will be on fitness, flexibility, communication and, most importantly, fun.
To add a further twist to the night, if there are any parents who fancy a fitness session with a difference then they are invited to join in, and all are welcome to partake in the free barbecue afterwards.
Friday’s session starts at 6pm at Torrance House, and all that the boys and girls need to bring is their PE kit.
Meanwhile, East Kilbride’s senior players completed their pre-season fixtures over the last week with a home game against Strathaven on Wednesday and a short trip into Glasgow to face Cartha Reserves on Saturday.
A development side, albeit one augmented by a few of the more senior faces, was given a run-out on Wednesday, and triumphed by four tries to nil.
The scoreline does not truly reflect the night’s events, however, as Strathaven gave as good as they got, particularly around the tackle area where they appeared more streetwise and physically stronger.
On Saturday, East Kilbride were too good for the reserves of Premier Three Cartha, running in 11 unanswered tries.
It is an illustration of how far EK have slipped in the past few years that they are matched up against second strings, and not even the second string of a very top club.
However, one can only play what is put in front of you and East Kilbride took their chance on Saturday to sharpen their act prior to this weekend’s opening competitive fixture, a cup tie with Annan.
Headlining proceedings at Dumbreck was winger Nathan Ross, who claimed a hat-trick, and there were also tries for the Stevenson brothers, Ian and Gordon, for Dennis Aitken, Chris O'Neil, Rob Greenfield, Scott Shankie, Bert Blackwood and the captain, Paul Rosie.
To put the game into perspective though, Cartha first team were taken to the wire by Glasgow Accies, who EK are due to play on league duty on October 8.