RHINOS TRAINING CAMP – MONDAY EDITION

It was another chilly day for the Rhinos on their pre-season training camp however after news from back home about the floods, the cold was the least of the teams worries.

It was another chilly day for the Rhinos on their pre-season training camp however after news from back home about the floods, the cold was the least of the teams worries. The Rhinos usual training ground at Abbey Fields in Kirkstall is now forming part of the River Aire so whilst the Rhinos may not have found the warmth they hoped for in Florida so far, the dry conditions and firm pitches are certainly helping preparations for the new engage Super League season. Monday in America was Martin Luther King Jnr Day, a bank holiday to remember one of the greatest humanitarians the world has ever known. That meant that a number of buildings were closed for the day. Fortunately for the Rhinos, the gym and swimming pool at UNF were opened up specially for them and some of the University’s teams. It was good to see the Rhinos players working out alongside the young athletes from UNF, it certainly was a great way to spread the word about Saturday’s game and help boost the crowd. Following the gym and pool session the Rhinos headed out on the field for more work with Brian McClennan and Francis Cummins. There was a cold wind whipping across the pitch but the rain held off and when the wind occassionally dropped off the temperature was not too bad. The players then headed for a well earned bit of lunch before heading back to the team hotel. Team masseur Rob Wilson has a busy schedule most days as he looks to treat the entire squad during their week in Florida. Massage is a massive part of the Rhinos injury management strategy with the focus being on pre-emptive treatment rather than reactive. And don’t be fooled by the word massage, this is certainly no relaxation technique as the players have to endure a lot of pain during Rob’s deep massages that go right into the muscle to break down damaged tissue. The evening saw the Rhinos travel back across to the Jacksonville Beaches for another promotional event for Saturday’s game at a sponsor of the Australia Day Challenge. Both squads were present for dinner and then there was an opportunity to meet fans, both ex-pats and locals who seem very excited about Saturday’s game, with tickets selling well at the venue. Meanwhile, young winger Ryan Hall has turned out to be the Rhinos own answer to Liberachi. The former Oulton Raider has entertained the lobby of the team hotel on a piano situated outside the Rhinos team room. Hall’s renditions of The Entertainer and John Lennon’s Imagine were big hits although his version of "Oh when the Saints go marching in" was not so popular! Leeds Rhinos will kick off their season against Hull KR on Saturday 2nd February in an all ticket clash and you can book your ticket 24 hours a day online. The Headingley Carnegie ticket office will sell tickets up until 3pm on the day of the game, subject to availability, and fans must buy tickets for the specific area of the ground they wish to stand in. Tickets for the Hull KR game can be purchased in person from both the Rhinos and Hull KR ticket office or 24 hours a day online by simply clicking here