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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:13 am 
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I remember during Clive's time at England, that he had a slew of weird and wacky training aids to help get those 1 percenters. I also remember Cheika taping up his teams mouths to try and mimic altitude training...but can anyone beat putting baby oil on rugby balls to mimic humid conditions?

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The Wales rugby team have been covering rugby balls in baby oil during training, Warren Gatland has revealed.

It's one of a number of novel ways Wales have prepared for the extreme humidity at the Rugby World Cup in Japan, which is expected to make for slippery and difficult playing conditions over the coming weeks.

The team's preparations started many months ago, with a warm weather training camp in Turkey earlier this summer key to preparations.

Wales have been training in temperatures of more than 30 degrees in recent days ahead of Monday's opening match against Georgia.

"We've been using wet balls and been using baby oil on them as well," Gatland said.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:16 am 
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Jeff the Bear wrote:
wacky training aids


Was Gareth Thomas involved?


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:27 am 
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Epic thread title Jeff.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:31 am 
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I do that too.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 4:30 am 
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Jay Cee Gee wrote:
Jeff the Bear wrote:
wacky training aids


Was Gareth Thomas involved?


You went there.....

we all thought it....

but you went there...


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 6:34 am 
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Personally I use baby powder...................


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:55 am 
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We used to wet our balls during training


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:09 am 
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It's not the first time...

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:24 am 
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I assumed they’d brought in a new performance coach...

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Inch high hogs eye wrote:
I assumed they’d brought in a new performance coach...

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Don't much fancy yours


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:33 am 
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Gareth Thomas have a case against the WRU?


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Inch high hogs eye wrote:
I assumed they’d brought in a new performance coach...

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2, 1, 3.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:42 am 
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Welsh need to invent stupid practice habits to be able to handle rainy conditions???

mkay.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:13 am 
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When I played the ball was often a bar of soap.


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When I played the ball was often a bar of soap.

"played"


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:19 am 
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globus wrote:
When I played the ball was often a bar of soap.


Are you Thomas' former South African business partner?


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:24 am 
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Big Nipper wrote:
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When I played the ball was often a bar of soap.

"played"

Yep. It was a while ago. My injury list is testament as to why I had to pack it in.

Playing 10 all my career, I was a magnet for the back row.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:27 am 
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globus wrote:
Big Nipper wrote:
globus wrote:
When I played the ball was often a bar of soap.

"played"

Yep. It was a while ago. My injury list is testament as to why I had to pack it in.

Playing 10 all my career, I was a magnet for the back row.


Did the opposition try to beat the crap out of you as well?


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A5D5E5 wrote:
globus wrote:
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globus wrote:
When I played the ball was often a bar of soap.

"played"

Yep. It was a while ago. My injury list is testament as to why I had to pack it in.

Playing 10 all my career, I was a magnet for the back row.


Did the opposition try to beat the crap out of you as well?

Ha! My teams were very happy to have me. I was a bit useful. Never played in the seconds but I got hammered in a casual Sunday game with the scrum half from hell.

He threw a Zeppelin. It hung in the air for an eternity. I should have tripped over but hung on grimly, then collected all of the back row.

One got my throat, the 8 broke four ribs and the other smashed my left knee.

They licked their lips at that one. Went to hospital in a Volvo estate. The staff nurse, who I knew, said "Oh no. Not you again".

I'd still do it all over again if I lost a few years. Big date coming up soon ...........


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Steve should be crediting JtB for this.
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In today's All Blacks press conference today, Hansen was asked about Wales coach Warren Gatland using baby oil on balls to prepare his team for the humid and slippery conditions in Japan.

"Do you want to rephrase what you said then?" Hansen asked.

"You said Warren Gatland has been putting baby oil on his balls, that's probably not the headline you want, old son."


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:34 pm 
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Did everyone you played with and against own a volvo estate?


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Ha! My teams were very happy to have me. I was a bit useful. Never played in the seconds but I got hammered in a casual Sunday game with the scrum half from hell.

He threw a Zeppelin. It hung in the air for an eternity. I should have tripped over but hung on grimly, then collected all of the back row.

One got my throat, the 8 broke four ribs and the other smashed my left knee.

They licked their lips at that one. Went to hospital in a Volvo estate. The staff nurse, who I knew, said "Oh no. Not you again".

I'd still do it all over again if I lost a few years. Big date coming up soon ...........



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Bottom of a ruck. Saw the boot heading my way and turned my head. I was knocked out. Spectators carried me to a Volvo estate car which took me to A&E in the Norwich and Norfolk, where I had worked.

Nose in my eye. The resulting op meant bone and cartiliage removal and fiddling about.

Then it more or less happened again twice.

I was warned by my plastic surgeon that I should stop playing. He informed me that he was very worried about nerve damage and that I might have a serious sight and speech impediment if I carried on.

So. That was the end of that. Catastrophic for me as I loved the sport and always got stuck in.

I upped my time playing tennis and squash.


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Horribly true. However a decent 6 or 7 on my side would wreak early revenge.

Hopefully while I was able to play on.

I got pole-axed by the 7 at Thurrock. Nasty back elbow whilst trotting up to a line out when I'd kicked to touch.

Went to Gravesend hospital for a night, I don't remember the journey which was in a Volvo estate.

News reached me a week later that my no 7 had put the perpetrator in the same hospital!


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:35 pm 
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What's going on in welsh rugby? :lol: :lol: :lol:


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:38 pm 
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Bukkake covered rugby balls


Nice bonding activity tbf.


Zebo regretting not declaring for Wales.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:42 pm 
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Never realised that! Impressed by your ability to trawl my posts. I just post from memory.

Somehow there's always a Volvo estate about and a willing supporter to take me to the nearest hospital.

But it's not important.

Expecting the result of two Profs and two surgeons on what to do with my back. Not looking forward to this.

Looks like the titanium rod treatment. BUPA are going to get a financial shock.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:44 pm 
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tabascoboy wrote:
It's not the first time...

/backrow


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First being "choked and dominated" by the Irish.

Now this.

Good old Wazza :lol:


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