2nd November 2019, 13:08 | englandrl
Well we’ve touched down in Brisbane ahead of our two-game tour of Papua New Guinea and excitement in camp is just as high as when we landed in Sydney a fortnight ago…
We had a week back in England between the Downer World Cup Nines and this tour and while it has meant quite a bit of traveling and attempting to re-adjust to time zones, it was really nice to get spend some time with family between tours.
As a younger member of the squad it was really beneficial for me to get to see my family in between the two tours. Of course, when you’re on tour, one of the more difficult aspects is missing family and it's really hard to contact home as much as you'd probably like because of the harsh time difference, so to get a few days at home before heading back out will really help me personally and I'd imagine it will help a lot of the girls as well.
Most of my week was spent telling my family about the trip to Sydney and showing them all the photos and videos from the week. While I spent a lot of time telling them about my trip it was really nice to hear them talk about how proud they are of me for representing my country on the international stage.
They all watched the Nines from home and were cheering us on which makes it that little bit more special.
We did meet up as the England Performance Unit while we were at home for a training session at Featherstone Rovers last Saturday. I have to admit it was a bit of a shock to the system after training and playing in the sunshine in Sydney to then be training in the pouring October rain back in England but we soon re-acclimatised and got down to work.
The session was a tough one but really important ahead of us traveling back out. We had a look at some of the things we needed to work on from the Nines and then looked ahead to preparing for our two tests against a tough Orchids side.
The squad is slightly bigger this time around with an addition seven players joining us which will make it a little different, but we’ve trained with them all year as part of the EPU, so I have no doubts they’ll just fit right into the group.
We’ve also got a new Assistant Coach in Adam Cuthberston who is my Head Coach at Leeds Rhinos and has done a fantastic job helping us win both the Coral Challenge Cup and Betfred Super League Grand Final in 2019.
It’s brilliant to have Cuthbo on board for this tour and I’m sure he’ll add another dimension to our play. Myself and the fellow Leeds girls know what he’s about but I’m sure the players who play elsewhere will be really excited to work with him as he’s a top class player and coach.
Now it’s time to get down to training in Brisbane as we’re going to get put through our paces before heading over to PNG!