Preseason Warriors Pre Season 2018

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  1. Navigator
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    This is what our team needs and its in our back yard.

    Roosters coaches’ brutal pre-season sacrifice

    PLENTY of coaches take their teams to hell and back each pre-season. Craig Bellamy uses his infamous boot camps to sort the wannabes from the gonnabes in Melbourne.
    Wayne Bennett likes to beat his players home in the time trials, reminding them that if a 67-year-old should-be retiree can do it, they can too.

    But Trent Robinson, he and his entire football staff signed up to “see the sights of Queenstown”, as Aidan Guerra puts it.

    “Beautiful place Queenstown.”

    Robinson, assistant coaches Matt King and Craig Fitzgibbon and under 20s boss Anthony Barnes. Recruitment man Adam Hartigan and a half dozen others from the Tricolours support crew.

    They’re all there slogging, struggling, suffering through 36 hours of trekking and team building.

    Lugging those Paul Bunyan-sized logs up and down the New Zealand hinterland.



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    Shivering through the freezing kind of night only the south island can put on, with winds whipped straight out of Antarctica.

    Pushing each other over and under three metres walls.

    Army crawling through simulated battlefields. Punching out sit-ups in the shallows of a lake as idyllic as it is straight icy.

    Robinson admits “there is a bit of softness” to the latte-fuelled high life of Sydney’s Eastern suburbs.

    Rugby league’s hardest men “can get soft, if you want to in our area”.

    Which may have had something to do with he and his staff completing every single gut-busting, gruelling activity the Kiwi commandos asked of his players.

    “I don’t know if they knew what they were getting themselves in for,” Guerra laughs.

    “For us as players, it was testing times, let alone staff who sit at a desk for their job.

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    “We were two months into pre-season training. We’re pretty much at peak fitness and we’re struggling.

    “So yeah, it was ballsy from the coaching staff. But it just added to the respect that we had for them.”

    Guerra jokes that he doesn’t want to go back there, and you can’t make him.

    Isaac Liu describes the Mule NZ run camp as the best he’s ever been involved in, because the coaches matched the players’ monumental effort.

    “It certainly brought the team together. You saw how the hard work paid off.


    “The coaches survived, they did really well. I actually remember thinking how proud I was of them. There were a lot of things where they could’ve jumped out, played the ‘I’m a coach’ card. But they didn’t.

    “They just rolled up the sleeves, they didn’t show they were struggling and got stuck into it with the rest of us.”

    The Chooks have now won 12 games by six or less points this season, more than any other side in history.

    Their seven wins by a margin of two or less ranks them alongside Canberra in 2006 as rugby league’s ultimate clutch kings.

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    Faith in their ability, and the teammates around them, has secured the Roosters some wins they freely admit they didn’t deserve in 2017.

    Faith founded in Queenstown.

    “It was more than just a boot camp,” Guerra says.

    “There were times there that were testing for sure but it was more about getting that trust in each other.

    “I can’t tell you what Robbo was thinking after a tough 2016 but if he thought there was a lack of trust there in us, well this was one hell of an exercise for it.

    “And it’s shown on the field, you can see that trust between the players and around the place in general. We’re all pulling in the same direction again.”

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  2. jonno
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    Meanwhile the warriors have just picked up Viagra to sponsor their preseason.

    Hardest Preseason Ever.
     
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    Preseason starts November 1st for the whole squad bar those on rep duty for the RLWC 2017...
     
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    Looking on a Sunshine Coast tourism website, I see the Warriors play the Titans there in February.

    Have all the other pre-season games been sorted?

    Am reporting for pre-season 2018 with levels of denial and skinfolds of delusion and hope within the levels set when 2017 ended....:) Konnie Hurrell, that's how it's done...
     
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    Watching Samoa vs NZ you can see a big difference in body fat between the two sides.

    The Samoans that the Kiwis selected, tended to be guys looking after their diets.

    I think that will be the way of the future when the depth is there and the basic requirements go to a truly Olympic standard of athlete.

    Soft body guys just won't cut it with the pro athletes.

    The Warriors need to adopt a similar mindset....and be patient.

    No more fat Packers and Hurrells and Lukes etc.

    No surprises Manu and Mannering topped the Warriors big output stats over a decade....both are well built for the work/could have been Olympians in a discipline they excel at (Both would have made mean Rowers).
     
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    Luke was a mini powerhouse at souths though, sometimes guys just don’t want to keep working that hard.
     
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    Is that all squads? Will we see if Etene Nanai is there?
     
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    Still be at school won’t he?
     

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    This is a good start.

    [Preseason] 'Have to train in tough fashion'
    Richard Becht

    Tue 31st October,

    New head of performance Alex Corvo is ready to welcome back the first group of players when the Vodafone Warriors start their pre-Christmas offseason training programme tomorrow morning (Wednesday).

    The Vodafone Warriors have a large contingent of players representing nations at the Rugby League World Cup. They will return at various stages in the New Year.

    Tomorrow a group of just over 20 players will start training. Included among them will be new signing Leivaha Pulu and Nathaniel Roache while others not involved in the World Cup are due back next week.

    Renowned as one of the toughest trainers in the NRL, Corvo has been signed from the Brisbane Broncos as the Vodafone Warriors move to bolster their football department for their 2018 campaign.

    For Corvo, tomorrow is the first opportunity to set the scene for what the players can expect during what is sure ot be a rigorous preseason schedule.

    Securing a strength and conditioning coach of his standing was a critical appointment as the Vodafone Warriors seek to make required improvements to its football programme.

    Head coach Stephen Kearney has first-hand knowledge of Corvo’s training methods as both a player and assistant coach with the Melbourne Storm while the two also worked together at the Broncos.

    “Alex’s reputation is well-established, not only with the Storm and the Broncos but also with the Kangaroos and the Queensland Origin team,” said Kearney.

    “We identified a need to bring in someone of Alex’s calibre to add to our resources in the football department and to bring a hard edge and attitude to the environment.

    “I can’t rate him highly enough after training under him as a player at the Storm and then working alongside him as a coach.”

    Vodafone Warriors CEO Cameron George said securing Corvo was a key development as the Vodafone Warriors worked through their 2017 review and planned for the offseason and the 2018 campaign.

    “After the way we performed this year, we had to make changes in football. We weren’t good enough and we’ll be doing all we can to effect change as we seek major improvements across the staff and the squad,” he said.

    “Alex’s record speaks for itself. He’s the ideal person to fill the need we have identified.”

    As a prop, Corvo’s playing career included five first-grade appearances for Canberra in 1991. One of his team-mates back then was Melbourne Storm coaching guru Craig Bellamy.

    He was Melbourne’s head of performance from 2002-2013, an era when the Storm made five NRL grand finals and won three of them.

    He has been head of strength and conditioning with the Broncos since 2013 while he spent six years in the same role with the Kangaroos from 2009-2015 and was on the Maroons’ performance staff in their successful Origin campaigns in the past two years.

    Corvo's brother Mark played more than 90 NRL matches for Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane from 1993-2001 during an era when rugby league great Ruben Wiki and Andrew McFadden - both on the Vodafone Warriors' staff now - were team-mates at the Raiders.
     
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    Warriors guidelines to players being interviewed on how preseason training is going -

    Insert the following phrases into conversation as many times as possible. If you repeat a lie often enough you will start to believe it.

    1. "Training the house down"
    2. "Hardest pre season ever"
    3. "Everyone's going hard out"

    Look tired when talking. This will help to convince the interviewer that you are being serious
     
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    Maybe, just maybe, this actually WILL be the toughest pre season ever!
     
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    You can say with some confidence that will be true for our new trainer....toughest pre season assignment ever.
     
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    A good interview with Corvo on the Warriors site.

    It will be interesting to see what they do on the first day. Obviously the first day won't be the toughest as you would usually build up but usually you see reports of guys saying it was tough etc. He will probably need to assess everyone. Well who he has available seeing as a large amount of the squad are still playing and will need a break after their sides have been eliminated from the World Cup.
     
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    This bloke makes me moister than an oyster, far more than any D grade celebrity we will sign for the actual squad.

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    poor Bastard Look like he's already not seeping...lol
    Take them do to Queenstown Alex let them do some sight seeing like the Roosters did.
     
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    Hopefully they have fixed everything that has gone wrong the past 6 years in preseason.
    Until the failings of the past are discovered and rectified it'll just be empty words over the next few months from the warrior's PR department.
     
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    The bloke takes the Storm to the Aus SAS. Nz has one of the most renound SAS in the world, they should be going there no??
     
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    Corvo is well and truly up against it.

    There is so much catch up work to be done with Warrior fitness levels.

    Hard training will see big improvements for us, but the problem is that elite clubs are coming into preseason with a much higher fitness base than ours.

    The Warriors game fades,which see the concession of leads used to be excused by coaching staff, & management as a net result of having too many inexperienced development players.

    On the face of it that is a fair assessment ( the huge step up to NRL competition is a real thing).

    But what can't be explained away is the fact that the Warriors don't even look close to catching up after twenty rounds or more.

    Alex Corvo' s recruitment is confirmation of the change of thinking and more honest appraisal from the club of its weaknesses ( the club has been admitting to a fitness problem even before they brought in Corvo).

    Getting the Warriors to where they look as fit as a round one Storm side, or Broncos side, is impossible in one off-season.

    Getting them close to those clubs by seasons end is achievable.

    It takes a lagging behind athlete a year minimum to change their physiology ( Strip fat at a healthy rate, build endurance Muscle, increase core Cardio Vascular efficiency etc).

    The hardest part for Corvo will be changing the psychology of the players minds....but that's a whole other discussion.

    The Warriors problem will improve.....but expecting it to catch up in a bunch of months is not realistic....

    Tis like asking a dog breeder to take the runt of the litter and win best in show.....not bloody likely....the NRL is a competition.....the Warriors only have one winning quality if you are talking endurance....Simon Mannering....the rest are work ons.
     
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    You cannot change the psychology of lazy bastards, they shouldn't be here. He will be weeding them out. The positive thing is the club seems to be waking up to what is needed.
     
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