Players visit schools ahead of rugby festival

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EDINBURGH players visited Lothian and Borders schools yesterday to help pupils with their preparations for a rugby festival at Murrayfield.

The six schools they visited are among the 26 selected for the Cashback School of Rugby programme, following an increased investment of almost a quarter of a million pounds from the Scottish Government to deliver the sport in the curriculum.

The schools will now come together to compete in a regional tournament in the shadow of the national stadium on Thursday, 21 March. Winger Lee Jones returned to his old school in Selkirk with fellow Borderer Gregor Hunter, while James King and Dougie Fife were at Hawick High School. George Turner and Roddy Grant went to Peebles High School, Lewis Niven and Jamie Farndale were at Trinity Academy, Allan Jacobsen and Perry Parker visited Knox Academy and Ben Cairns and Sep Visser were at Whitburn Academy.

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