Soldiers put Tigers through their paces

CASTLEFORD'S players are given advice before they embark on a run around the camp at Leconfield Army Barracks. PICTURE: JEROME ELLERBY.
CASTLEFORD'S players are given advice before they embark on a run around the camp at Leconfield Army Barracks. PICTURE: JEROME ELLERBY.
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CASTLEFORD Tigers players found themselves on parade when a day with the Army was on the agenda to help them with their pre-season fitness plans.

The Tigers were put through their paces by Army fitness instructors at the Leconfield barracks, in East Yorkshire, and will be hoping for the same results as Hull KR after they did the same training at the military base last year then went on a winning run.

“It lets them learn more about each other and do something different from the norm,” said Sergeant Gareth Young, one of the soldiers in charge on the day.

“They work as a team and that’s what it’s all about for 80 minutes on the pitch.

“After Hull KR came last year, they went on an unbroken run.”

Castleford players reported feeling tired after spending a full day doing physical training.

They did a personal fitness assessment, matching themselves against the demanding standards of the British Army and this was followed by an afternoon of gruelling team building exercises.

Among the tasks given to them the players carried logs round a field, working in groups to keep themselves going.

Tigers head coach Ian Millward thanked the Army staff for their help.

He said: “Their co-operation has been excellent. We couldn’t do it without them.

“The players enjoyed it – they like getting out of the same routine.

“They were nervous about it. They know what to expect in normal training but this is an Army base.”

l Castleford Tigers’ Super League game away to Hull KR has been moved back two days from its original date of Friday, March 22.

It will now take place on Sunday, March 24 with a 6.15pm kick-off with the game being selected for live coverage on Sky Sports.

Another Cas away game has been chosen for Sky coverage with the trip to Bradford Bulls taking place on Saturday, February 16 with a 4.45pm kick-off.