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Wales rugby squad fitness levels hit their peak ahead of the Autumn internationals


The Wales rugby squad has posted an impressive bank of results from performance tests ahead of the Autumn internationals.

A core of 40-plus players have been put through a rigorous fitness and screening programme by Head strength and conditioning coach Adam Beard.

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The national squad testing programme produces an array of results giving players individual pathways to achieving optimal levels of physical performance ultimately assisting to make them better rugby players.

And National Squad Physical Performance Manager Craig White believes the long off-season and pre-season are the main reason for the good results.

White said: “Some of our key players have been allowed an 8-week pre-season development window, which is important for us looking forward to the year ahead.

“This is the longest pre-season some players have had since before the last World Cup as normally due to summer tours often players only train for 4-6 weeks (excluding a month off post tour) in pre season.

“Not only is a longer pre season beneficial for improved and sustained physical development, but also to reduce the chances of soft tissue (strains, sprains, tears, etc) injury from occurring.

White believes the plaudits for the squad’s improvements must go to each of the four Regions who have cooperated with the National Squad Management and worked tirelessly to develop each player through pre season.

The likes of Shane Williams, Jamie Roberts, Jonathan Thomas, Gethin Jenkins and Alun-Wyn Jones, in particular have done well in the tests.

Some of the younger players also continue to impress. The fitness department have made special mention of Leigh Halfpenny who continues to improve in all areas and as well as Dan Biggar.

Head coach Warren Gatland will be happy with the results especially as he prepares for the Autumn internationals against Australia, South Africa, Fiji and New Zealand.


Tickets to see Wales take on Australia, South Africa, Fiji and New Zealand this Autumn at the Millennium Stadium are available now from.Web: www.wru.co.uk/tickets Tel: 08442 777888 and to Personal callers: Cardiff Arms Store, 8 Westgate Street, Cardiff.

Saturday fixtures against the Wallabies, on 6th November, the Springboks, on 13th November and the All Blacks, on 27th November are priced at £25, £40, £60, £65 and £70, with the Friday night clash with Rugby World Cup Pool D opponents Fiji priced at just £20 and £25 with a children and concessions available for just £10.

Official hospitality packages can be purchased from just £99 per person for Wales v Fiji at the official Millennium Stadium website: www.millenniumstadium.com.

Prices start at £169 for games against Australia and South Africa and from £179 for New Zealand – packages include a ticket located in the best seats of the house, a complimentary match programme and a guest speaker from the world of rugby.


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