Dons rugby stars convert to college training

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RUGBY league aces in Doncaster have given a new training base a ‘try’ during the recent bad weather.

Players for Doncaster Rugby League Club have teamed up with Doncaster College, with players put through their paces using the college’s indoor facilities over the last couple of weeks. 

With the recent freezing and wet weather, conditions made it difficult for the Dons squad to get out and do quality pre-season training.

The link was made possible thanks to Dons winger and Doncaster College sports science lecturer Stewart Sanderson.

During the first session the team was subjected to pre-season fitness testing using the college’s sports science equipment to give coaching staff an idea of the current levels of players’ fitness, and to see what improvements needed to be made.

The following week the squad underwent an intensive fitness session, using the indoor sports hall, activity room and gym. The players were pushed to their limits in a variety of training moves that included rowing, skills under fatigue, and a cross-fit circuit.

It is hoped the link-up will continue, benefiting the Dons, as they get ready for what will be a tough season in the Championship.

Dons coach Tony Miller said: “I’d like to say a big thank you. This has enabled us to get some quality training in during the recent bad weather.”