The St Helens social media accounts have been busy following their squad this week as they made their annual trip to Cumbria as part of their preparations for the 2017 Super League campaign.
There was plenty of hill-climbing in store, some high-intensity log shifting and even a bit of clay pigeon shooting.
And it wasn’t just the players putting in a shift ahead of Saints’ pre-season action begins, with head coach Keiron Cunningham dragging himself up a steep incline on two wheels. “Jesus, that’s a big hill!” he says as he passes by the camera.
St Helens prop Adam Walker has been named Scotland’s Player of the Year after a string of impressive performances in last autumn’s Ladbrokes Four Nations tournament.
Five out of the six staff from the Scotland management team voted him as their top man for three inspirational performances against Australia, England and New Zealand. Lachlan Coote was runner up in the Player of the Year voting.
“Adam again proved to be an outstanding performer for Scotland last year,” said Scotland head coach Steve McCormack. “His performance in the Four Nations was absolutely outstanding and he proved to be one of the best front rowers in the competition.”
We’re staying in Scotland for our next story and heading back to last weekend when we saw in the New Year.
Plenty of players took to social media to wish fans all the best for 2017 but Leeds Rhinos prop Keith Galloway headed up to Glasgow on New Years’ eve to take in one of the fiercest rivalries in football, the Old Firm derby.
A Celtic fan through his father who moved to Australia when he was in his 20s, Galloway left Celtic Park in a happy mood as the Hoops enjoyed a 2-1 win over Rangers, to remain well clear at the top of the SPFL.
On the topic of derbies, Tim Sheens got his spell as Hull KR’s new coach off to the perfect start on Sunday as the Robins cruised to a 40-16 win over cross-city rivals Hull FC.
With Rovers competing in the Championship this year, it could be the only time the two rivals meet in 2017 and Sheens used the opportunity to name a full-strength squad for the clash but opposing boss Lee Radford left a number of first-teamers out of the FC squad.
KR ran eight tries past their rivals at the KCOM Stadium to scoop the Clive Sullivan Trophy . For a full round-up of this weekend’s warm-up matches, CLICK HERE.
GALLERY. Here are a few pics from today's derby win against Hull FC. pic.twitter.com/2g4CKYoJA8— Hull Kingston Rovers (@hullkr_online) January 8, 2017
From one Hull derby to another - the draw for the first round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup was made on Thursday evening at The Deep by Hull FC coach Lee Radford and RFL President, Air Commodore Dean Andrew.
The pair drew out a same-city clash between West Hull and Hull Dockers in one of the 16 ties. One of the other stand-out matches in the first round draw sees two of the NCL’s strongest sides, Leigh Miners Rangers and Wigan St Patricks, drawn alongside each other.
See full details of the draw HERE.
It looks as though Chris Hill’s impressive run of 83 consecutive appearances for Warrington Wolves will come to an end when the 2017 Super League season begins, with the prop set to miss the start of the season.
The Wire skipper had hernia and shoulder operations following last autumn’s Four Nations and his coach Tony Smith says he expects Hill to be unavailable for their first match against Catalans Dragons on February 11.
“Chris will definitely miss the Catalans game but he’s aiming to be back for the Brisbane Broncos game,” Smith told the Warrington Guardian.
Hill’s ever-present run in the Wolves team dates back to July 2014, with the last match he missed coming against Bradford Bulls that summer.
Read more on the Warrington Guardian website.