The Exiles backroom staff has a very Wakefield feel about it as club doctor John Lynagh and physiotherapist Simon Wray joined up with assistant coach Glenn Morrison in preparation for the game against England this Saturday.
The medical team met up with Daniel Anderson’s side on Sunday evening fresh from being part of Trinity’s third win on the bounce against Hull FC. Lynagh and Wray both found out earlier this season they would be involved in the Exiles camp which is their first involvement with the international Origin side.
Lynagh has vast amount of experience behind him including touring Australia and New Zealand with the England Academy before becoming the Wildcats full time doctor in 2008. Speaking ahead of joining up with the Exiles he was excited at the prospect of working with the team.
“I am very much looking forward to it and it is going to be interesting up against England. I would like to think I am part of the Exiles camp because I have a lot of representative experience with England academy tours, including Australia and I was the Scotland doctor for the 2008 World Cup in Australia,” said Lynagh.
‘Doc’ as he is imaginatively known will be aided by Wray and he thinks it will be a valuable experience for the physio.
“I think what Simon will learn most of all is how to rapidly assess people that he doesn’t know because it is the first time he will be going into a team where he doesn’t know anybody, you have to be up to speed immediately on the medical side. There is a great deal of preparation that goes on before with medicals in camp too which he hasn’t experienced so he will have to get used to that, it is not a holiday.”
Wray joined the club in 2009 after plying his trade at Halifax and Keighley as first team physio after hanging up his boots having played for Bramley, Sheffield Eagles, York City Knights and the Cougars. Again, speaking after the victory over Hull FC Wray couldn’t wait to get started.
“I am dealing with top athletes so I am really looking forward to it. I don’t know the group of players until I get there which is interesting because it is unlike the players I deal with day-in, day-out but it is a good, exciting challenge.
“It is fantastic for the club to have three representatives in the Exiles including Glenn Morrison, we are obviously doing something right. It is a good accolade and shows as a club we are moving forward.
“We have a really good medical team and we have a part time physiotherapist and another girl coming in to cover the full week so we will be fine without me,” said Wray.
It’s not just Wray and Lynagh involved on representative duty this week, with Sports Scientist Lewis Williams the Assistant Conditioner with England Knights.
Williams works closely with highly regarded Strength and Conditioner, Martin Clawson at the Wildcats and will gain even more experience working with some of the countries finest young talent as they prepare to face Ireland this weekend.
He is in his first season with the first team squad having previously worked with the clubs Academy sides.
Tickets for Saturday’s England vs. Exiles game are on sale now from the RFL and after the success of the inaugural match last year, 2012 promises to be even more fiercely competitive.
The Wildcats Dolls will also be performing at the England vs. Exiles fixture at Langtree Park, the second successive year they have performed at the big game.
Tickets for both matches in the International Origin Series are now on sale and can be purchased through the RFL Ticket office on 0844 856 1113 or by visitingwww.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk
Tickets for the opening fixture at Langtree Park, St Helens, on Saturday June 16 (6.45pm) cost from £18 (£9 concessions) for standing and £21 (£10 concessions) seating. Tickets for the all-seater second fixture at Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield, on Wednesday July 4 (7.45pm) cost from £21 (£10 concessions).
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