Never has a Lions Squad been so well prepared for what can only be described as the toughest Tour destination possible – Australia.
Every day the BBC will focus on the detail of the Squad’s day with surprising content revealed on Day One. Getting up at 6.45am for the first training session of the day taking place in the portable cryotherapy chambers, which subject you to temperatures as low as Minus160C and speed up a player’s physical recovery, must be a bit of a shock to anyone who has not experienced it before.
The Team is thoroughly equipped in every way as you can imagine and the resultant baggage can apparently only be described as incredible.
Here’s a quote or two from Prop, Adam Jones, of Ospreys and Wales.
“The first day we met up in London we had to make sure we’d got all the right kit. There’s a hell of a lot: six sets of Adidas training kit, eight T-shirts, a couple of pairs of shorts and tracksuits, a jacket to wear to the stadium for the anthems, two Thomas Pink blazers, six shirts, two pairs of shoes, underwear, you name it. Just as well we don’t have to check all that in ourselves.”
Basically they had everything that they could possibly need in terms of both personal and support equipment – and I mean everything.
Adam continues “I was rooming with (England prop) Mako Vunipola during our first week down at the Vale of Glamorgan base we use with Wales, and I can confirm the rumours are true. He is a phenomenal snorer. I snore myself but I’m not a particularly deep sleeper so with Mako barely three feet away from me, the ear plugs were well and truly wedged in.”
It sounds like the hotel could be well and truly shaking….or maybe not.
“We left camp on Thursday and spent a few nights at home before returning to London on Sunday for a bit more training and then the farewell dinner. I had to make an emergency trip to the dentist while I was home. It was nothing to do with my teeth though. I lost my mouthpiece. I think I put it in my car after my last game for the Ospreys and it’s disappeared.”
So I had to get my mouth measured up to get a new one fitted, so they can send it out to me. A bit of a pain, but probably just as well, as I only had one spare, so I need some new ones”
He should have gone to SleepPro ….. who wish you guys Good Luck down under….and as a matter of fact, we have them now in Red, in White, and in Blue…. conveniently patriotic to mark the occasion.
By John Redfern