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Huddersfield Giants squad face hard graft ahead of Christmas says head coach Paul Anderson

Climbing centre outing just start of pre-holiday training tests

There will be no easy run up to Christmas for Huddersfield Giants.

The preparation for Super League 2016 took a different turn as the squad hit the wall at Huddersfield Sports Centre’s climbing facility.

And Giants head coach Paul Anderson revealed it was just the start of a tough couple of weeks.

“We are starting to really push on the physical workload,” said Anderson.

The climbing session was the first day of what will be an intense regime before Christmas.

“But not only do we want the players working hard, we want to enjoy ourselves as well.

“So the trip to the climbing centre allowed us to do something a little bit different, while the session was as tough as many things we can put in front of them.”

Providing some variety is a big factor in keeping the long road to returning to the field is an important factor for the Giants coaching staff.

“I remember when I was a player myself and sometimes the pre-season work can become monotonous,” added Anderson.

“We are at a stage when doing something with a difference and getting away from the normal environment is not bad thing.

“But it is work and the players love doing things like this.

“Plus it asks questions of them both in terms of getting technique like grip right, as well as helping them develop strength.”

Ambitious Championship side Leigh have signed former Australia international Willie Tonga after he was released by Catalans Dragons.

The Centurions have announced that the 32-year-old centre has signed a two-year contract at Leigh Sports Village.

His signing follows those of former Man of Steel Rangi Chase, Harrison Hansen, Cory Paterson and Reni Maitua this winter.

Coach Paul Rowley, the former Giants hooker, said: “The opportunity to sign Willie comes after a very rigorous search for another outside back and so to finally land a player of Willie’s quality is very pleasing. This is another positive step in the progression of our club.”

Tonga, who has eight Australia caps, joined the Dragons last year after spells at Parramatta, Canterbury and North Queensland. He made 18 Super League appearances for the French side.


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