Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 16:44 GMT on Thursday, 9th August 2012.
Cumbernauld Rugby Club prepare for RBS RugbyForce weekend

THIS weekend will see Cumbernauld Rugby Club open up their club to Cumbernauld, as well as to clubs which are winners of more than 500 Scotland caps.

The weekend is part of the RBS RugbyForce Weekend 2012 when RBS, who are principal partner and sponsor of Scottish Rugby, partners up with international players, to spruce up rugby clubs.

Greig Gilbert, from RBS Rugby Team, said: “The idea behind RBS RugbyForce Weekend 2012 is to support clubs to hold an event that underlines what they can offer to their communities, while encouraging everyone to get the club ready for the new season. We’ve been encouraging our branch staff to get out to their local clubs and support RBS RugbyForce.

“That can be in a variety of ways, maybe some minor DIY, or through a social event like a barbecue or training session.”

The RBS RugbyForce 2012 initiative has been designed to encourage clubs across Scotland to allow an access all areas to their local communities, as well as raising the profile of rugby, and launching the new domestic season with a bit of bang.

This year’s event has saw a record number of clubs sign up to the weekend, with 138 clubs across Scotland registering for the two day event – an increase from the 58 clubs who registered last year.

Nick Rennie, Scottish Rugby’s Head of Clubs and Schools, added: “Some 138 clubs are taking part in total with the 20 most impressive applications receiving an extra helping hand. We’re supporting this initiative with Scotland players, Scotland Women players, Scotland 7s caps and Scotland under-20 players.”

In total, players who have won 551 caps for Scotland between the men’s and women’s teams plus 23 IRB sevens caps and 13 appearances for Scotland in under-20 internationals will be involved on the event, between Saturday 11th August and Sunday 12th August 2012.

Scotland captain Ross Ford said: “I know a lot of planning has gone in to this event and for me it’s a privilege to be lending my support to it. We all started as youngsters, encouraged along to our rugby clubs, and anything we can do to help Scottish clubs throw out the welcome mat and inspire more folk to get involved will be time really well spent.”

Cumbernauld Rugby Club have announced that Alastair Kellock (Glasgow Warriors) and Mary Lafaiki (Scotland Women) will be visiting the Cumbernauld event, on Saturday 11th August, an event which will include youth training sessions, a senior game against Falkirk, a BBQ and other events.

Additionally, Cumbernauld Rugby Club will be using the day to complete the conversion of classrooms into a dressing room, with teaching area, and the club have asked that all those who could help, come along to lend a hand.