Thought we may as well have a thread where we can discuss everything to do with the pre-season training. Feel free to chuck in any newspaper articles or random tidbits you hear, etc.
Brian McClennan launches his tenure at the New Zealand Warriors when his National Rugby League squad assemble for the first day of off-season training at Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium on Monday.
McClennan will outline his programme ahead of the 2012 season for the first time, with 23 of his 30-strong squad ready for action.
The club's seven Four Nations Kiwis - Simon Mannering, Kevin Locke, Lewis Brown, Ben Matulino, Russell Packer, Elijah Taylor and Bill Tupou - are exempt after arriving home from England late last week.
McClennan's squad features several new faces, most notably former Brisbane, Melbourne and Gold Coast hooker Nathan Friend, as well as a range of players from the National Youth Competition (NYC) premiership-winning Junior Warriors team.
Giant second rower Samiuela Lousi, captain Ben Henry, centre Konrad Hurrell and loose forward Sebastine Ikahihifo step up after turning 20 this year. Standoff Carlos Tuimavave and utility Sio Siua Taukeiaho, although still eligible for the NYC in 2012, are also in the top squad.
A feature of the 30-strong group is the growing percentage of NYC graduates and local products. In all, 17 have played for the Junior Warriors since the NYC competition was introduced in 2008, while Mannering, Sam Rapira, Jerome Ropati and Manu Vatuvei all came through the club's development system in the pre-NYC days.
Another four players have local links, while there are only five Australian imports - Friend, Jacob Lillyman, Micheal Luck, James Maloney and Feleti Mateo.
The Warriors play three NRL trial matches at North Harbour Stadium, Coffs Harbour and Whangarei in February ahead of their season-opening match at Eden Park against NRL champions Manly.