Warriors players set for Portugal training camp

Warriors players will undergo 10 days of intense training in Portugal as preparations continue for the 2014/15 campaign.

The club’s new-look squad have flown out to the Browns Sport and Leisure Club in the south of the country to train in the demanding Portuguese conditions.

High Performance Director Nick Johnston will oversee the training camp alongside Warriors’ backroom staff to ensure players are in perfect condition when the season gets underway.

Johnston said: “The players have returned for pre-season training in good shape and we will be working closely with them to take their fitness to the next level.

“A lot of the sessions will be based around strength and conditioning but we will also be focusing our attentions on ensuring players prepare for the season as well as they can from a medical and nutritional point of view.

“Our training camp in Portugal also gives us an opportunity to redefine the club’s culture and put a real emphasis on the team ethos, which is essential for any successful side to have.

“During downtime, coaches will be doing classroom training as they constantly develop their own knowledge.”

Seventeen new players have arrived at Sixways over the last few weeks, including the likes of Tom Biggs, Sam Smith and GJ van Velze.

And, according to Johnston, the squad have embraced the pre-season campaign.

He continued: “Pre-season is the perfect time to get players in optimum condition and they have shown great commitment ahead of what will be an important season at Sixways.”

Centre Alex Grove admits Warriors’ first pre-season campaign under the guidance of Johnston will give the side a competitive advantage when the season gets underway in September.

He said: “This pre-season programme has been much more effective than anything I have experienced in previous years and I’m confident the preparation we have been through will stand us in good stead for the new season.

“It has been tough at times but the players are developing a closeness where we help each other through each session – and that can only be hugely beneficial as we move forward.”