Glasgow Warriors tackle tough Commando training regime

Topic: Fighting armsRoyal Marines

Players and coaching staff from Glasgow Warriors rugby union team took part in team building and training exercises alongside marines from 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines during their visit to HM Naval Base Clyde on Wednesday 27 July 2016.

The rugby players experienced a tough military fitness circuit led by Royal Marine Physical Training Instructors before carrying out some weapons training on the firing range.  

In the afternoon, the Warriors split up into teams and took part in a race on inflatable boats on Loch Lomond before a barbecue in the grounds of the nearby Cameron House Hotel.

As elite athletes these players have much in common with Royal Marines who pride themselves on their high levels of fitness and self discipline.  

"Furthermore, team work and leadership is absolutely critical to what we do in the Corps and is also fundamental to a successful rugby team," stated Captain Steve Hunt RM, Training Officer at 43 Commando who organised the event.

Richie Vernon, Glasgow Warriors and Scotland Centre said, “It was a really tough day and provided a big challenge for us all. Pre-season is so important for us though and I know we’ll feel the benefit of days like that once the season is underway.”

By the end of the day the Glasgow Warriors had experienced an insight to the Commando values of courage, determination, unselfishness and cheerfulness in the face of adversity. 

Colonel Jock Fraser, Commanding Officer of 43 Commando presented prizes to the winning team and top-scoring individual stating how impressive the Glasgow Warriors were in both their fitness and motivation. 

He went on to say, "there is much the Royal Marines can learn from shared experiences like this and I wish the Warriors success in their upcoming season".

It was a really tough day and provided a big challenge for us all.

Richie Vernon, Glasgow Warriors and Scotland centre