Public get first chance to see British and Irish Lions train in Jersey

The British and Irish Lions rugby team have hosted their first open training session in Jersey.

Around 1,200 spectators were allowed into the Stade Santander to watch the squad being put through their paces out on the turf.

Free tickets to the session were snapped up in minutes when they were made available from Jersey Sport at the end of May.

The team are currently using the nearby high-performance 'Strive' facility as a training base whilst they are in Jersey.

The Lions will be on show for a second open training session on Tuesday 22 June, shortly before they depart for Edinburgh for a friendly against Japan at Murrayfield.

The visit is being paid for as part of the Jersey tourism fund and it is hoped that it will provide an economic boost for the island.

The camp has already attracted other sporting teams to come to Jersey including Gallagher Premiership rugby side Leicester Tigers, while the England women's netball team will train in Jersey ahead of the Commonwealth games next year.