WCC Journal | Settling In

The Roosters squad woke early, ready to make the most of their first full day in Paris, and eager to continue preparations for the World Club Challenge.

The day began with a training session at INSEP, The National Institute Of Sport in Paris, where the squad were greeted as guests and welcome to use the cutting edge equipment and facilities.

The excitement of playing the World Club Challenge was evident as the boys took to training with a spring in their step.

The field session consisted of passing drills, hand speed exercises, as well as honing the Roosters defence.

Luke Keary said that spirits were high after the strong hit out.

“This mornings session was great. It was good to get the ball in hand and the legs moving after the flight over. We were able to get plenty of things done which is a satisfying way to begin our preparations here in Paris.”

After the successful field session, training moved to the impressive INSEP gymnasium, where the boys were able to continue their weights program as well as mingle with athletes from around France.

Roosters Strength and Conditioning Coach Patrick Lane said he was impressed with the facilities at INSEP.

“The facilities here are second to none, I’m very impressed and feel privileged that we were able to make use of INSEP in preparations for the World Club Challenge.” 

The squad had free time scheduled in the afternoon, with many of the boys opting to continue exploring the historic sights of Paris.

There were various forms of transport used to traverse the city, some opting for push bikes, others took on the complexities of the metro system, while some rented push scooters to take in the city.

Most of the squad ended up at the famous Louvre, home of the Mona Lisa and other priceless artworks.

Joseph Manu said he is enjoying his time in Paris.

“To see all these famous landmarks and artworks in person is a real privilege, and to share it with my teammates makes it even more special.”

Team dinner was at classic French restaurant where the boys savoured some national dishes including tasty lamb and chicken.

The squad were well looked after with joyful French hospitality.

The day concluded back at the team hotel, where the boys opted to touch base with family and friends and make preparations for a big day ahead.