Tour Diary Day Four

DAY 4 – This morning began with a visit from the staff and crew from a local Sydney radio station who were broadcasting from our accommodation block.

The crew included Australian rugby legends Matty Johns, Mark Geyer and guest Greg Alexander.

The lads got out for an early morning training session, with the goal kickers out first practicing their techniques before everyone else joined them to go through some positional specific drills. The session had to be completed before the day hotted up to a lunchtime high of 36 degrees!

Next up was a trip to the city for lunch at Darling harbour and one of the most popular activities, the jet boat around the world famous Sydney harbour.

As we sat down in the harbour eating, you can imagine Rushie’s reaction as he was forced to fight off a seagull that tried to steal his sandwich from his hand, just as he was about to take a bite.

The boat ride caused some confusion and panic within the group, with Chris Follin asking “Is the boat actually on water?” and Josh Eaves showing signs of nerves asking “Is this safe?” and saying “This is too fast for me!”

The most entertaining conversation of the day was between Jordan Gibbons and Matty Kilgannon. When discussing Australian wildlife Matty asked: “What’s the difference between a crocodile and an alligator?” to which Jordan replied: “Sex, ones male and ones female!”

Back to business – All of the squad are fully fit and raring to go and as they are now settled in and have adjusted to time difference there was a real sense of excitement and nervous anticipation as we headed over to the St Mary’s club for the second session of the day, the final, ‘captains run’, training session before tomorrow’s game against the West Tigers Cubs.

Training went well and the lads are all looking forward now to what this tour is all about!

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