General Pre-season articles

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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.

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Looks like we've ditched Puma (sorry if this has already been discussed, I must have missed it).

After being addressed by McClennan early tomorrow, Canterbury of New Zealand and new footwear partner ASICS will outfit the players in their new training kit while there'll also be some strength testing in the gym.

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New jerseys Toyota cup, Home(NRL), and Away(NRL) (from left to right)
 

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Coaches always relish the first official day of the new season. It's their chance to set the tone and impose their ideas and Brian McClennan is no different but he says he won't be making too many changes at the Warriors.

Ivan Cleary's successor formally addressed his new players for the first time today. While seven of the Kiwis from the recent Four Nations tournament in the United Kingdom were missing, the other 23 first graders were present for the meet and greet, outfitting and preliminary strength sessions in the gym.

While McClennan will be hoping the brown Mt Smart Stadium pitch changes to a greener hue come kick-off in 2012, he said all other changes will be minimal at a club which made the grand finals this year.

"There will be slight alterations, which is a normal thing to do in the evolution of a footy team anyway," McClennan said. "It's pretty much straight ahead and keep searching for little bits that we can do, so no massive changes or anything."

McClennan, a former Kiwis' coach who led the Leeds Rhinos to two Super League titles in 2008 and 2009, is confident he can hit the ground running at the Warriors.

"I've done this before. It's all normal. Working closely with [chief executive] Wayne [Scurrah], we feel like we've ticked a few boxes as far as what we think can help benefit the club structurally," he said. "I feel like we're making really good progress off the field and that's really important. The best pre-season we can give the players, the better chance we have of putting some good performances on the field next year.

"I'm very confident that I can work in with all the staff and players and put a real good programme together and progress as a team and that's the main thing. We just have to keep trying to work every day to improve and if we can get to the end of next year and everyone can turn around and say 'I think I'm a better player' and everyone as a group can say 'I think we're a better team' then I'll know I've done a good job."

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Reports are that no one has returned to training extremely overweight or out of shape, which is always a good thing. The only guys who would need to take a few more fitness sessions would be the Lousi brothers (enjoying Mum's home meals I'd say) and Hurrell (returned from a holiday in Tonga, would've been eating up a storm).

The usual suspects Inu and Mateo are both in good shape (Feleti lives nearby a gym so has no excuses really!). Ropati is back running freely, will have to shed a bit of weight to get back down to his playing size, and also work on acceleration and power, but considering having 6 months off due to injury he's looking good.

The new players from the Juniors are buzzing being part of the first grade side, and so they should. Look for the youngsters to set the records for beep tests etc.
 

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Reports are that no one has returned to training extremely overweight or out of shape, which is always a good thing. The only guys who would need to take a few more fitness sessions would be the Lousi brothers (enjoying Mum's home meals I'd say) and Hurrell (returned from a holiday in Tonga, would've been eating up a storm).

The usual suspects Inu and Mateo are both in good shape (Feleti lives nearby a gym so has no excuses really!). Ropati is back running freely, will have to shed a bit of weight to get back down to his playing size, and also work on acceleration and power, but considering having 6 months off due to injury he's looking good.

The new players from the Juniors are buzzing being part of the first grade side, and so they should. Look for the youngsters to set the records for beep tests etc.

Awesome, cheers for that Patu. Keep us updated if you ever hear anything!

I'm getting ridiculously excited for next season, especially after seeing the boys on the news tonight. Bring on 2012!
 

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An article that actually has a fair bit of info in it:

It was an obvious Achilles heel last season but Brian McClennan is satisfied with the current centre stocks at the club and won't be looking elsewhere.

In 2011, converted forwards like Simon Mannering, Lewis Brown and Elijah Taylor were all forced to spend extended periods out wide while Joel Moon has now left the club.

Stocks look thin in specialists but the new coach is confident he has the resources. He is putting his faith in Jerome Ropati and Krisnan Inu and has high hopes for a couple of the boom youngsters graduating from the Toyota Cup.

"It was difficult for everyone with Jerome [Ropati] getting hurt," says McClennan. "He's the number one centre in the team and any club would be affected. Krisnan Inu has played a lot of centre and has now played centre in two grand finals so he and Jerome are the two that stand out."

His endorsement of the mercurial Inu is surprising, as earlier reports had indicated that the Warriors had been looking to offload him - at the apparent behest of McClennan.

Meanwhile, 'Bluey' is backing centre Konrad Hurrell and Carlos Tuimavave to take the step up next season. Hurrell's powerful charges out wide were a key element of the under-20s success last season while Tuimavave starred at stand-off.


"I really think Carlos and Konrad can give it a shake," says McClennan.

"I'm very excited about those two; I just hope they are prepared to work as hard as they possibly can to become as great as we think they can become.

"Konrad is raw but talented. He has a lot of potential but it is up to him now while Carlos came through the grades at centre and I think that is his position."

McClennan is open to using Brown again at centre but expect to see Mannering firmly ensconced in the pack under the new regime.

"Lewis played there as a stop-gap but has never had a pre-season there so has never had a chance to develop, though he is still primarily a back rower. Simon is versatile and fits in wherever the team needs him but I would rather he plays back rower. That is where he belongs."

The players assemble for pre-season this week, and McClennan admits he can't wait to "get cracking. I'm looking forward to ripping in and doing some work.

"I want to meet the players, see how they adapt to what we are doing and what their conditioning is like."

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Its too early to be this excited about next season dammit!
Wondering how Johnson, Maloney and Mateo will teams up is nerve racking. I also noted someon said that tuimavave and Hurell are going to be the centres injury replacements, to me that implies that Brown is going to be a second rower again.

We need some training music, something along the lines of "eye of the tiger" or "make a man out of you" would do nicely.
 

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Its too early to be this excited about next season dammit!
Wondering how Johnson, Maloney and Mateo will teams up is nerve racking. I also noted someon said that tuimavave and Hurell are going to be the centres injury replacements, to me that implies that Brown is going to be a second rower again.

We need some training music, something along the lines of "eye of the tiger" or "make a man out of you" would do nicely.

Read the highlighted quotes in the above article, it should answer your question.
 

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If the boys are starting pre-season training, I think we should too.

You know, practice what main plays we're going to use - "Dump Bluey now!", "Get rid of that lazy xxxx Inu!" etc and back up plays - "Sign Iro to the top job" and so on - so that when the season starts they flow off the fingers perfectly.

How many times do you think we'll see the phrase "training the house down" used this pre-season?

And how often to you think that a player to whom that phrase gets attached will not get picked for first grade for "attitude problems" or get picked and not be anything special?
 

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