PLAYERS and like-minded enthusiasts from across the region headed to McKane Park last Saturday to enjoy a rugby fix with a difference.

Ahead of Dunfermline's first XV taking on Garnock in National League, Division Four, a 'Spirit of Rugby' event, orchestrated by the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU), took place on the second pitch at the venue to enjoy a game of rugby.

Players from Dunfermline, as well as Rosyth and from as far afield as Dundee and Arbroath, took part in the event, allowing many to rekindle their youth and love for the game.

"It was just great to see the majority, middle-aged guys, coming back, just reliving a bit of their youth, and just finding their passion for the game again," first XV head coach, Gavin Emerson, said.

"I think it was played in great spirits. You had players coming from Rosyth and stuff putting on the Dunfermline jersey just to get a game of rugby, there was guys from further afield, like over past Dundee and Arbroath coming down, and they put a Hillfoots jersey on.

"Obviously, I was busy with the ones, but I think from what I've heard, it was good afternoon. Thankfully, pitch two was playable, so they got their game of rugby. It was great and, from the Dunfermline side, it was good to see we had 13 or 14, if not more, older guys that would typically probably be the threes now coming down and getting a kick out."