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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Qantas Wallabies begin training camp

In order to reach a good level for the Rugby World Cup, a 47-man Qantas Wallabies World Cup training squad assembled in Canberra today for the first day of a 3-day camp.

In fact, there are only nine months left before the kick off to rugby's showcase event, the Wallaby training squad is in camp at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) to undergo many different physical exams and an orientation program ahead of the 2007 season.

Included in the Australian team are three players who are making their first appearance in a Wallabies squad, including Reds prop Ben Coutts, Reds flyhalf Berrick Barnes and Brumbies flanker Julian Salvi.

We must consider that Qantas Wallabies Coach John Connolly thinks the anticipation for the new rugby season was growing among the players.

"I can feel that everyone is looking forward the year ahead, with so much rugby to be played between now and the World Cup," said Connolly.

Indeed, Connolly admitted that the camp would provide a springboard for the Wallabies' World Cup preparations.

"This great camp will give us a starting point. We've got a large squad of players and it's important we find out were they're at physically so that we can set their programs for the rest of the year," expressed Connolly

"We must remember that we'll be liaising with the four State Unions after the camp and they will work with the players to ensure that they're getting the best preparation for the year ahead," he said.

The popular coach is convinced that the players' physical preparation will have a significant baring on the team's World Cup chances.

"Our players are playing more rugby than ever before when you look at the Super 14, the domestic Test matches, the Tri Nations and (Australia A's) involvement in the Pacific Nations Cup," he noticed.

"And with a hard schedule like that in mind it makes their physical preparation vitally important," he said.

We must mention that the camp continues tomorrow (Thursday 4 January), where the Australian team will undergo running tests at the AIS Multi Purpose Field.