- Senior England squad assembles for open training day on May 18
- Johnson looking forward to welcoming big crowd to Twickenham
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Team Manager Martin Johnson is looking forward to the buzz of a big crowd at England's latest open training session at Twickenham Stadium on Tuesday, May 18.
Twickenham Stadium's gates will open at 1.30pm to allow fans to watch the England's Senior squad be put through their paces.
This will be followed by an autograph session where fans can meet the players and get some treasured player signatures.
Johnson considers the open training sessions beneficial for players and fans alike and said: "The Senior England EPS are looking forward to the open training session at Twickenham Stadium on Tuesday May 18.
"We’ve held three open sessions at Twickenham since I took the job as Team Manager and each one has been a good experience for the players and the fans as well.
"We really appreciate the support the fans give the team and I hope as many as possible can turn up on the day. The players and I are looking forward to meeting them after training for the pitch side autograph session."
England last held a session on August 12, 2009, when thousands of fans, both young and old, turned out to see England's best players training on a sunny day at Twickenham.
The squad are preparing to face the Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday, May 30 (kick off 5.00pm), before embarking on a five-match tour of Australia and New Zealand in June.
Tickets for the Mastercard Trophy England v Barbarians match are now on sale priced from £25.00.
Admission is free for all fans who would like to attend.
Approximate timings and details are as follows:
- 1.30pm – Gates open at Twickenham Stadium
- 2.30pm – England open training starts
- 3.45pm – Training closes
- 4.00pm – Autograph session pitch side
- 4.30pm – Autographs session closes
The Rugby Store, situated in the South Stand of Twickenham Stadium on the Whitton Road, will be open from 10.00am on the day of the open training session and throughout the afternoon.
Parking will be available in the North Car Park via Rugby Road.
Access to the seating bowl of the stadium will be via the North and West car park entrances and the viewing area for the open training session will be in the West Stand lower tier.
Please note that any Senior England EPS players involved in the Guinness Premiership Final or the Amlin Challenge Cup final will not be attending training on May 18.
All dates/times are subject to change and any updates will be published on RFU.com