Wednesday is a day of rest

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Super 14 on 16 Apr 2008 at 09:21

The Sharks can’t seem to get away from wet weather, and Sydney, known and renowned for its great weather is caught in the grip of a cold front that brings intermittent rain on and off all day long.

Michael Marnewick of reports from Sydney.

Tuesday’s training takes place in alternating cold driving rain and glimpses of sunshine. The club ground is where Randwick play some of their games and the Lions who are in town to play the Waratahs are also using the facilities. It necessitates a change in the usual training time but there is no conflict as the Sharks are gone before the Lions arrive.

The great news is that while captain Johann Muller did burst his eardrum in the Highlanders match, a specialist has confirmed that there is no damage to the bones in his ear and he has been cleared to play on the weekend.

It’s funny how things turn out. Wednesday’s are the Sharks’ day off. There is only so much physical work you can do before it becomes counter-productive, and wear and tear – especially in the middle and towards the end of a season – increases with the amount of fitness work being undertaken.

For the Lions, losing last week means a non-stop week of training, including Wednesday. For the Sharks it’s the usual and everyone sets off to do sight-seeing or shopping at the six-story Bondi Junction Mall about 20 minutes away from Coogee.

The hotel business centre has free internet so the players spent much of their free time chatting to loved ones and catching up on news from back home.

Tuesday evening is dinner evening and the squad and management break up into four groups and each head-off on their own way to sample some of the city’s finest cosmopolitan cuisine.

This is not only the opportunity to unwind and enjoy a social activity but also to get team-spirit and team-building going as smaller groups encourage more social interaction and each player has the opportunity of learning more about his team-mates. Beast tells stories of his eating habits – there aren’t too many dietary restrictions for the flank-turned-prop – and he takes full advantage of this to full his massive frame.

Frederic Michalak talks about his iconic status in France where he can’t even enjoy a cup of coffee without being swamped by adoring fans of both sexes. In a country where Rugby Union takes a back seat to AFL (Aussie Rules) and League, he is totally anonymous and enjoys a bit of “me-time”. Room-mate Adi Jacobs is a great source of info in finding out more about Fred. He explains how Fred’s music abilities are outstanding and that he has a really good voice – Fred mixes his own music!

Lunch-time brings an interesting interlude to the day-to-day routine of travel, especially in the case of scrumhalf Rory Kockott. He might not be the size of a big forward, but certainly has a decent appetite. He loves his sandwiches and creates some master-pieces in what resembles something of a ritual.

Each layer is carefully thought-out and the making of the sandwich seems to be enjoyed just as much as eating it. He makes the comment that he feels like a squirrel – back and forth from room to meal.

But overall, everyone is having fun on tour and this is a really happy bunch.


  • Ok…enjoy the break boys…

    Well…I enjoy French house music so I wonder what Fred has in his mixes…

    Bring on the damn Brumbies!

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.04.08 09:42:26 by blackshark (JAWS) Reply
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  • In beautiful Coogee and Australia and they go to a farkin mall… what a bunch of Umhlanga metro poefs!

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.04.08 10:41:19 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • they’re probably looking for coffee shops to buy 😉

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.04.08 10:43:35 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • did you miss the fact that it’s pissing with rain, though? 😉

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.04.08 10:43:59 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • Get your run for that day rob?

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.04.08 10:54:20 by Clayton Reply
  • I’m currently running every second day, Claytie. Ran yesterday, so I’m off today.

    Need to start thinking about going every day, though

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.04.08 10:59:05 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • Yeah it’s been torrential for some time in that neck of the woods…

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.04.08 11:00:14 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • Still ain’t no way I’d be hanging in a mall in Sydney…

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.04.08 11:01:38 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • my ultimate goal is to stop being a fat bastard… so far, that ain’t happening

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.04.08 11:01:51 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • will it be dry in Canberra, at least?

    In a way, I think we should actually be praying for rain tis time around.

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.04.08 11:02:37 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • BTW, Claytie… I’m waiting for you on Skype, china

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.04.08 11:04:09 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • Added you Rob.

    Running rocks dude,cant pull a run everyday though,my shins will explode.

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.04.08 11:08:22 by Clayton Reply
  • my problem is knees…

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.04.08 11:10:11 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • Rob

    it seems it will be dry but COLD

    Canberra Weather.

    Partly Cloudy
    RealFeel®:15 °C
    Temp: 16 °C

    Wednesday Night, Apr 16
    Partly cloudy. Winds will be light and variable
    Realfeel®: 8 °C
    Low: 6 °C

    Thursday, Apr 17
    Partial sunshine. Winds will be light and variable
    Realfeel®: 22 °C
    High: 19 °C

    Thursday Night, Apr 17
    Partly cloudy. Winds will be calm
    Realfeel®: 8 °C
    Low: 4 °C

    Friday, Apr 18
    Intervals of clouds and sun. Winds from the E at 4 km/h.
    Realfeel®: 20 °C
    High: 18 °C

    Friday Night, Apr 18
    Partly cloudy. Winds will be light and variable
    Realfeel®: 8 °C
    Low: 5 °C

    Saturday, Apr 19
    Partly sunny. Winds from the E at 9 km/h.
    Realfeel®: 17 °C
    High: 17 °C

    Saturday Night, Apr 19
    Partly cloudy. Winds from the ESE at 4 km/h.
    Realfeel®: 7 °C
    Low: 5 °C

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.04.08 11:18:53 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • that will be warmer than Dunedin anyway… Shit… I am worried about them running at us.

    We need to do the pressure offensive defence thing like we did against the Blues. Daniel is fuckin’ KEY to that, though… AJ is not quick enough.

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.04.08 11:23:48 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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