Members of the Boston Buccaneers Rugby League squad have been put through their paces during a training camp with Halifax RLFC.
The Kingstone Press Championship outfit held a weekend training camp at RAF Coningsby, where they were joined by the Buccs and the Panthers, the camp’s resident team.
Players were drilled by Halifax head coach Richard Marshall and strength and conditioning coach Andy Hollyhead.
Both the Panthers and Buccaneers know each other well as some of the RAF squad play for the Boardsides-based team, and have met in pre-season encounters.
Panthers scrum half and Buccaneers captain Lee Davies commented: “It’s eye opening to see how guys at that level train.”
The Buccaneers were pleased to gain insight into how a professional team carry out their pre-season training.
Buccaneers lead coach Mark Bean was happy with the effort shown by his players.
He said: “This was a great learning experience for the players to witness first hand the structure and simplicity of professional training and the importance of core skills throughout the season.
“For Halifax RLFC to kindly accept the Buccaneers to join them during this cold wintery session is testament to the big brother attitude toward developing the Rugby League community.
“These individuals will now hopefully pass on their experiences and, in particular, the intensity of the game, mentoring the newer players throughout the coming season.”
As part of their pre-season fixtures, the Buccaneers are due to play Bedford Tigers on April 25.
The season starts on May 2 and the Buccs’ first home game will be a week later against last year’s Midlands Premiership champions Northampton Demons.