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England announce Twickenham training session

20 July 2011

  • England's fifth open training session will take place on August 9
  • 'We hope as many people turn out as possible' - Johnson
Tom Croft signs items for young fans

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England fans can meet their heroes and wish them well ahead of the Rugby World Cup when they train at the home of English rugby on Tuesday August 9.

The session will run from 4.30pm to 5.50pm before supporters have the opportunity to come pitch-side and collect the autographs of their favourite players.

Entrance into the stadium is free and gates open at 3.30pm, although The Rugby Store and World Rugby Museum will be open from 10am.

This is the fifth open session since Martin Johnson took over as England Team Manager but is the first time it has taken place in the week of an International fixture.

England play Wales at the Millennium Stadium four days later on August 13, giving the crowd the opportunity to watch the squad being put through their paces as part of crucial preparation.

Open training sessions have always been popular events and Johnson hopes this one will be the biggest so far.

The squad really appreciate all the support – Johnson

Martin Johnson meets supporters at England's previous open training

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“We are really looking forward to the public session at Twickenham,” he said. 

“The squad really appreciate all the support, especially in this World Cup year, and this is a great chance for the players to train on a test pitch ahead of the return leg against Wales and then to meet the public afterwards. We hope as many people turn out as possible.”

Entrance into the stadium will be via Gate A and parking will be available in the West car park off Rugby Road.  The viewing area for the open training will be in the West Stand Lower tier.

The Rugby Store, situated on the South Stand of Twickenham Stadium on Rugby Road, will be open from 10am and throughout the evening, offering supporters the opportunity to purchase England mementos and items to be signed.

The World Rugby Museum, also open from 10am, will be offering a special entry rate of £2 for adults and £1 for children, giving fans the chance to turn back the clock and learn about the history of the game and its ultimate competition, the Rugby World Cup.

Keep checking for updates

Further free fun activities are being planned for the West car park at Twickenham Stadium, keep checking for more details.

  • 3.30pm – Gates open
  • 4.30pm – England open training starts
  • 5.50pm – Training closes and autograph session starts

Please note all timings are subject to change so keep checking for updates.