South African Rugby League is using the tour to Australia, the first one since 1963, not just to play two key international matches, but also to start with the program to expand the “league intelligence” of their players. As such, head coach Brian Greige used his extensive connection in Sydney to compile a very thorough training camp with some of the best coaches in the NRL at the moment.
A first for both teams, the Rhino’s will actively participate in a Bulldogs Session on Friday the 24th of April at Belmore Oval, home of the Canterbury Bulldogs. The team will be based at Narrabeen Institute for Sport, and while there they will have training sessions with Andrew Patmore, assistant coach at the Bulldogs, Stuart Raper from the Cronulla Sharks, and also do some sessions with the guys from the Manly Sea Eagles.
Rhino Director, Hendrik “Drikkies” Mulder, was very excited with the team’s departure, saying: “This tour is to build experience and to get the squad ready for the World Cup Qualifier end of the year. We know we have quality athletes, and they are getting better every week, but we need to battle harden them, and get them to play against international teams of the quality that we will be facing on this tour. The coaching sessions will also be instrumental in helping us prepare the squad and take them to the next level.”
Details of the training sessions:
Friday 24th April Dual Training Session with the Canterbury Bulldogs at Belmore Oval at 16h00
Monday 27th April Andrew Patmore (Assistant Coach Canterbury Bulldogs) Training Session at Narrabeen Institute for Sport
Tuesday 27th April Manly Sea Eagles Training at Narrabeen Institute of Sport
Tuesday 28th April Stuart Raper (Ex Cronulla Sharks Coach / Men Of League) – Training At Narrabeen Institute of Sport
Thursday 30th April Penrith Panthers Training Session at Penrith Panthers CUB Stadium Penrith