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Princess Anne officially opens Highland Rugby Club grounds

The Princess Royal was in attendance at the rugby club yesterday to officially open the facility which is part of the £55 million West Link development.

She was joined by hundreds of primary school children from throughout the Inverness area who were there to take part in a touch rugby festival on the ground’s new artificial surface.

The 4G pitch and new clubhouse were both completed in December, and yesterday, Princess Anne had the pleasure of seeing what the club now has to offer for real.

Also on display for those who were there to see, was the Calcutta Cup which had been presented by the Princess Royal to Scotland captain John Barclay after the team’s win over England last month.

Princess Anne was able to meet many children, teachers and club officials and she was able to speak to Iain Chisholm, Highland RFC’s club development officer, who was very excited to have the presence of royalty gracing the pitch.

“It’s great to see Princess Anne come down and actually wander about, I didn’t think she was going to have time to do that” he said in reports from Highland News.

He continued: “She’s obviously a patron of Scottish Rugby and it’s great to see her come round and engage with the kids. It’s not very often you get people of her calibre who will take the time and be genuinely interested.”

And while you might not expect a princess to be the first person you’d find mingling at a rugby club, it would seem the Princess Royal has quite a wealth of knowledge of the sport and was able to impress Mr Chisholm with how much she knew about the game from a coaching point of view.

“She’s quite knowledgeable about skills development and I was surprised to hear her talk about the game-based approach to coaching,” he said.

So while Princess Anne was there to just open the club, maybe she was dropping a few hints about the possibility of coaching… watch this space!

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