England rugby stars train in Algarve

By SKIP BANDELE [email protected]

Members of the England rugby squad were back in the Algarve last week for warm weather training at Browns and took the opportunity to practice against the Portuguese national team.

The team stayed at the sports and leisure club in Vilamoura for five nights between January 24 and 29 after previously visiting the facility in July 2007 and January 2009.

President of the Portuguese Rugby Federation, Carlos Amado da Silva, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity to train with one of the best national rugby teams in the world and we look forward to them coming back very soon.  I wish the England RFU the very best for the 2010 RBS Six Nations competition.”

Alan Brown, owner of Browns, said: “We have a great relationship with the England RFU and the Portuguese Rugby Federation. Having Portugal train with England benefits both parties immensely. The experience for the Portuguese players and management is priceless.”

The England team will now be readying themselves before taking on Wales tomorrow (Saturday) in the RBS Six Nations Championship.