RHINOS TRAINING CAMP – FRIDAY EDITION
The Rhinos completed their final day of training on Friday as they put the final touches to their game plan for the clash with South Sydney on Saturday afternoon.
The Rhinos completed their final day of training on Friday as they put the final touches to their game plan for the clash with South Sydney on Saturday afternoon. The squad got a well deserved lie in on Friday before departure for training at 10.30am. After a couple of days of bright sunshine, the temperature has dipped again Northern Florida with the training session at Hodges Stadium taking place with a chilly wind blowing across the field. The players were excellent in training, clearly showing the benefits of having trained together all week in the dry conditions over in Jacksonville and probably had their best session of the week in this final run through. The stadium was under going final preparations too. Such has been the demand for tickets that extra seating has been brought in to accomodate all the people wanting to catch their first bit of Rugby League action. After training the Rhinos headed to the Outback Steak House near Jacksonville Beach for their traditional pre-match meal of salad and chicken pasta. The staff at the Outback were outstanding and looked after the squad. Afterwards the team posed for a photo outside with the manager and his staff which is going to be signed and sent back to America to take pride of place in the restaurant. The players had the rest of the afternoon at leisure to relax and begin focusing on the Rabbitohs game. This was also a time for Head Physiotherapist Meirion Jones and masseur Rob Wilson to treat players ahead of the game, with 24 players on the trip, their time is precious and leads to a tight schedule to see all the players. Finally, on Friday night the squad had dinner together followed by a team meeting in which the club’s resident Sports Scientist Aleks Gross gave the players instructions about how to look after themselves following Saturday’s game. With the team flying home and Sunday and playing Hull KR five days later at Headingley Carnegie, it is important that the players do everything possible to get themselves in the best possible shape for the start of Super League. This includes getting their sleeping and eating patterns right to help alleviate the problems of jetlag. Plus wearing a product like "Skins" all day Sunday and on the flight home to help them get over an knocks or bumps that they pick up during the game.