SHAUN Wane put his players through “hell” with a shock Royal Marines training camp.
The two-day exercise at Rivington had been planned for three months but players were only informed hours before it started – having thought they were heading for a leisurely team-building session.
Under the elite soldiers instructions, they were put through torturous sessions including being woken every hour to run into the lake and train. Wane hopes last week’s camp will propel his team to another level after just missing out on two finals last year.
He said: “I told the players it would be 48 hours of hell. If you can imagine being exhausted, thinking you can’t do any more, being pushed to do more – you can’t stop because you have team-mates relying on you.
“I wanted the players to know that there will be spells this year when our backs are against the walls, when we will be a man down and we might not be getting refereeing calls – but it’ll never be as bad as it was up there.
“We all came through it. And when we did, the spirit was fantastic to see.”
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