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England rugby union legend Matt Dawson arrived in Aldershot to put the Grenadier Guards rugby team through their paces.

The former scrum half hosted a training session for the keen troops at Queen’s Avenue playing fields on Wednesday.

Capped 77 times for England and seven times for the British and Irish Lions, Dawson, 42, brought his expertise to bear on the team during a busy day of events with the army across the garrison.

Dawson later got a taste of army fare at Lille Diner, where he had lunch with the soldiers and members of Sodexo’s catering team.

During the afternoon, Dawson also hosted a class at St Omer Diner with pupils from Samuel Cody Sports College, in Farnborough, on the importance of healthy eating.

The day wrapped up with afternoon tea, during which troops and members of staff at the garrison were able to have their pictures taken with Dawson and get his autograph.

Meeting at Garrett’s Clubhouse, at St Omer Barracks, in the morning, Dawson strapped on his boots and training gear for a 45-minute run out on the playing fields. The soldiers were put through a variety of tough fitness drills and technique sessions to sharpen the team up, ready for action.

Dawson later got all the players together for a huddle to share the wisdom of his 15-year professional career, which saw him play a vital role in England’s 2003 Rugby World Cup-winning side.