RHINOS TRAINING CAMP – THURSDAY EDITION

The Rhinos had a full day on Thursday which included a training session, a trip to the Jacksonville Jaguars and an official reception at the University of North Florida.

The Rhinos had a full day on Thursday which included a training session, a trip to the Jacksonville Jaguars and an official reception at the University of North Florida. There was another early start for the squad as they headed for the gym at 8.30am. When you consider that the majority of the squad have now been in pre-season training for nearly three months, a vital part of Conditioner Jason Davidson’s role is to mix up training and give players the chance to exercise but also enjoy their time together. So after the gym session, the squad was split into four with two teams taking on each other at beach volleyball whilst the other two played hand tennis. After each ten minute game, the teams swapped over until everyone had played each other at both games. Following the games, the team headed to Hodges Stadium to begin their final preparations for Saturday’s clash with South Sydney Rabbitohs. The session lasted just over an hour but the sunshine from the previous day had returned and the players worked hard throughout. After training, the whole squad headed down to the home of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars are the only team to train and play at the same venue, Alltel Stadium, and so the facilities are very impressive. The squad enjoyed lunch in the player’s cafe before having a behind the scenes tour around the gym, medical facilities and locker room, which were all very impressive. The kit room alone employs five full time members of staff and has a full time seamstress during the season to stitch up the players uniforms in the event of any rips or tears. The Rhinos got the chance to throw an American football around after the tour of the ground on the Jaguars training field beside the stadium before being allowed onto the main pitch. For those fans tuning into the Calendar for their exclusive updates, it is well worth it on Friday night. Reporter Paul Burland donned all the American football padding to do a piece to camera however he did not count on the Rhinos testing out the protection it provided as he became the meat in a Rhinos sandwich! There was an amusing incident on the way home from the stadium. The team have been given 5 people carrier cars to transport them around Jacksonville, as the team left the ground in convoy, the car driven by Kevin Sinfield broke down having run out of the petrol. The people of Jacksonville didn’t really know what to make of 15 Rhinos players pushing a car out into a busy road whilst Luke Burgess stopped two lanes of traffic so we could get the car into the nearby petrol station. A busy day was finished off for the Rhinos when they returned to the University of North Florida for an official reception with the South Sydney squad. The Rhinos corporate party led by Barrie McDermott has now arrived in Jacksonville along with the club’s board of directors so there were a few more familiar faces at the function and a chance to catch up with people.