Six Nations Title Partner GUINNESS presents the ‘Calcutta SAS Bootcamp’, a competitive SAS inspired fitness session which will see TV personality and rugby fan Mark Wright lead a team of English fans against rugby legend Jim Hamilton and his team of Scots.

As Scotland and England prepare for the Calcutta Cup, rugby’s oldest rivalry, the hotly contested SAS style bootcamp will take place less than a mile away from the famous turf of BT Murrayfield. Each team will battle it out in a series of exercises inspired by Esmée’sexperience as a personal trainer to the stars, and Jim Hamilton’s time as a rugby player. A chosen winner of either Team England or Team Scotland will also be given the money can’t buy opportunity to carry out the official coin toss ahead of the GUINNESS SIX NATIONS contest.


GUINNESS are inviting English and Scottish fans who believe they can carry their nation to glory, to apply for a place on Team England or Team Scotland. With exercises including rugby tackling pad work, tug of war and tyre throwing, the hour-long ‘Calcutta SAS Bootcamp’ is not for the faint hearted, but will stoke the friendly rivalries felt between Scotland and its southerly neighbour.

This session will bring the rivalry of the GUINNESS SIX NATIONS to new fields of contest, as fans, celebrities and ex-players come together to settle scores in the spirt of friendly rivalry. Whatever the outcome, both teams will go on to watch the match and enjoy a pint of GUINNESS with the opposition, ensuring they come as rivals but leave as friends.


Mark Wright said, “I’m naturally a competitive person when it comes to exercise, so mix this competitiveness with the friendly rivalry which Scottish and English rugby fans experience and it’s sure to be a fun morning!

As captain of Team England, I’m ready to take on Jim Hamilton and his team of Scots, in the ‘Calcutta SAS Bootcamp’. My main priority it to take home the victory and then we can share a well-earned pint of GUINNESS during the Scotland vs England GUINNESS SIX NATIONS clash.”


Jim Hamilton, Scottish Rugby Legend said I’ve played England on a number of occasions and have experienced first-hand the passion and competitiveness that comes with this great rivalry.

 I have no doubt the fans who take part in the ‘Calcutta SAS Bootcamp’, will get just as much joy out of this friendly rivalry as I did. Personally, for me, I’m excited for the intensity of the session, followed by that well-earned pint of GUINNESS!


Esmée Gummer said, “You’re only as strong as your weakest player!

 So, as a qualified personal trainer and having experienced the type of training the SAS go through, these experiences have made me realise how powerful exercise can be in bringing people together.

 I’ve used these experiences to create an SAS style bootcamp that will not only challenge you physically but also mentally. The chosen fans will need to come together as a team and help each other pull through more than ever before. By the end of the session I’m sure they’ll be sharing a pint of GUINNESS together as one group.

 Whatever the outcome, I’m expecting the rivalry that we see on the rugby pitch to be just as intense off it!”

The ‘Calcutta SAS Bootcamp’ is the first of a series of experiences that The GUINNESS Team is putting on to celebrate the friendly rivalries across the union of rugby. The Title Partner is inviting spectators across the home nations to come as rivals but leave as friends throughout the fierce competitiveness of the Championship over the next two months.


To be in with a chance of representing your nation in the ‘Calcutta SAS Bootcamp’ on the 8th February, along with a stay in a chosen hotel the night before (7thFebruary 2020), head to https://www.guinness.com/en-gb/rugby-guinness-six-nations/ from 6pm on the 29th January to find out more.

Entrants will need to state their Date of Birth, Full Name, Contact Details, Place of Travel and one reason why they believe they should be chosen to represent their nation. You can either sign up on your own, or sign up with a friend from your rival nation to settle an old score!  Spaces are limited and the lucky winners will be chosen by 3rd February.


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