Day 15: Back to Work!

THE group made it back on to the field following a day of activities, writes Mike Rush, Head of Youth.

The first session after a game is traditionally a struggle for the tourist so it was most pleasing to get a very good session done first thing this morning.

The players showed plenty of energy and all are looking forward to the challenge that is Penrith Panthers.

Overall, the players have done two sessions per day, with the only days off being those the day after the match.

When back home we only get two to four hours per week with the players so each day is like a week’s worth of work and I am sure this is the reason so many of the tourists are going on to make the first team squad.

It has been well documented that the Harlequins game had 12 tourists in the side and this has not gone unnoticed in Australia with all the clubs we have visited commenting on this fantastic achievement.

While we have been over here we have also had the chance to swap ideas and exchange thoughts on the game with Newcastle and Parramatta alongside the clubs we have played matches against.

The trip has also seen the staff catch up with Royce while he visits his family back home and former coach Daniel Anderson and his then assistant coach Alan Wilson.

Following training the lads and a few staff (Killer, Tommy and Dec Hardman) enjoyed the afternoon on the wake boarding park.

Killer, the resident water baby, enjoyed six hours trying to stand up and was well supported by Adam Swift, Lewis Foster, Danny Yates, Ben Parry, Tom Roughly and Lewis Galbraith.

Others excelled but didn’t spend the full afternoon on the water – Luke Thompson, Dom Speakman, James Tilley, Matty Fozard, Chris Carr and Mike Scott.

Enjoy the pictures of the lads in action…

Five days until we return. Kailum, Lizzy and Alanah you better be good for mummy…!

Gaff of the day was won by Mike Fields.

When getting out of the water a duck was sat on the side and Danny Yates said: “Look at that it can’t fly.”

Mike replies: “Why what is it a penguin?”

He then asked Tommy Martyn: “Are there no penguins in Australia?” only to follow up “They can fly can’t they?”



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