RHINOS TRAINING CAMP – WEDNESDAY EDITION

The Rhinos had a day off training today but there was certainly no rest as the whole squad attended a promotional event in Jacksonville city centre.

The Rhinos had a day off training today but there was certainly no rest as the whole squad attended a promotional event in Jacksonville city centre. The squad headed down to The Landings, the plush part of town, to join the South Sydney Rabbitohs squad for an early lunch on a luxurious yacht that was moored on the quayside. Both teams mingled during the lunch and listen to introductions from Rabbitohs Executive Chairman Peter Holmes a Court and Rhinos Chief Executive Gary Hetherington. Special guest for the day was Kristina Keneally, who is the first American-born person to be elected to the Parliament of New South Wales, one of six states and two major territories that comprise Australia. She moved to Australia in 1994 and now lives in Sydney. She welcomed both teams and thank the Rhinos for coming to play the Rabbitohs but given that her constituency includes Redfern, where Souths are originally from, she explained that she would not have mixed loyalties come Saturday afternoon. Kevin Sinfield, Jamie Peacock and Brian McClennan then joined Gary Hetherington on stage for a public press conference. Following this Kevin Sinfield was interviewed on 1010XL, the local radio station, who are big supporters of Saturday’s game. The showed is billed as follows "Honesty. Integrity. Objectivity. And a roundhouse kick to the head if you cross the line. It’s what you get when you put together a hard-hitting former NFL linebacker like Tom McManus and a hard-hitting sports talk veteran like Rick Ballou. It’s the Alpha Male and The Truth Teller. It’s an amazing combination of analysis, insight, experience, and energy. It’s a nuclear bomb going off in your radio every day. It’s Mac and Ballou – sports talk guaranteed to make your water cooler boil." So you can imagine that Sinnie was feeling apprehensive before speaking live on air but he did a great job in promoting the Rhinos and Saturday’s game. There was a treat for the Rhinos squad for dinner as they headed to a Japanese restaurant next door to the team’s hotel on their last visit to Jacksonville back in 2001. The meal was fantastic, with all the food cooked in front of the players and the chefs putting on a great show. After dinner, some of the players headed to the cinema to see new release Cloverfield. The film is about an alien attack on New York filmed by a group of New Yorkers on a camcorder. Unfortunately, the film was terrible and if there was a hidden meaning or point then it was lost on the whole group. 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