Wane plans to fine tune preparations in the Valleys

Shaun Wane
Shaun Wane

SHAUN Wane is taking his Warriors on another training camp later this week.

They will travel to Wales tomorrow for the start of an intense, three-day block at a top-class facility in the Valleys.

He’s still young, he’s still got a lot to improve on and he understood the reasons why I wanted him to go

Shaun Wane

His five England internationals are now back in training after a six-week break and Wane hopes the trip away will help get them back up to speed.

He said: “We’ll have three days on the field, the internationals are back in now after a good break so we’ll have all the squad together.

“History tells me they needed a proper break from the game after the autumn internationals, and they’ve had that and now they’re back in.

“Having so many international players is great for us as a club. but not really as a team, so we’ve got to make sure we manage it and make the best of it.

“Going away gives us a chance to have three intense days, and get some good time on the field.” This is the second camp of Warriors’ pre-season programme.

They spent three days training with the Army in Ripon before Christmas, when the focus was on testing the players physically and mentally.

With just a month to go to the start of the new season, this week the focus will switch to working on skills.

In all four of Wane’s previous pre-seasons he has taken his squad to Florida for warm-weather training.

“In the big scheme of things we’re very happy with where we’re at and what we did at Ripon,” he said. “We found out a lot about the lads from training with the Army. I’m happy with where we’re at.”

England internationals Sean O’Loughlin, Liam Farrell, Matty Smith and John Bateman missed the military camp, but young halfback George Williams was involved.

“He’s still young, he’s still got a lot to improve on and he understood the reasons why I wanted him to go,” added Wane. “He jumped at the chance.”