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Sounds like us, 60 minutes then we hit the wall.

https://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/nrl/brutal-preseason-training-breaks-exhausted-brisbane-broncos-side/news-story/c42084882e3d249464c1fd509ef22c59

Brutal pre-season training breaks exhausted Brisbane Broncos side
Chris Garry, CourierMail
January 3, 2014 11:00pm
IT IS the Broncos' first training session of the year, the temperature has reached 32 degrees, the players have been running for 90 minutes and Ben Barba just threw up.
Welcome to the brutal Broncos regime designed by new chief conditioner Alex Corvo.

The key tenant is more running and longer sessions.

A major departure from the short and sharp workouts of past seasons.

The club is confident the contrast is one of several changes that will resurrect their failing fortunes and return the proud club to the top four.

Friday's two hour session at Purtell Park caused multiple players to dry reach or throw up water their body rejected.

New recruit Stewart Mills fainted from exhaustion and had to be helped from the field while rookie centre Jordan Drew injured his calf muscle and was carried off the ground.


Jordan Drew with a calf injury. Broncos training at Purtell Park Bardon.
Corvo has been recruited from the Melbourne Storm where he was responsible for transforming Greg Inglis from an 88kg rake to 104kg monster.

Corvo, who once coached Redcliffe Dolphins in the Queensland Cup, replaced long-term trainer Tony Guilfoyle who was let go following the Broncos disastrous 2013 when they finished 12th.

Last season the Broncos ranked second last for tries scored in the second half, ahead of only the lowly Parramatta Eels.

When trailing at half-time they managed to win just two of ten games.

Their fade-outs prompted ex-captain Gordon Tallis to tear the team's conditioning apart.


Lachlan Maranta (right) and Jack Reed doing it tough. Broncos training at Purtell Park Bardon.
"For the first time ever, we look unfit," Tallis said on Fox Sports late last season.

"I think the Broncos are getting over-run in the last 20 minutes.

"That's never happened before. We were always match-hardened."

Enter Corvo, who was praised by coach Anthony Griffin yesterday as implementing a challenging change.

"It was really tough on the guys today," Griffin said.

"It was a real challenge for them to get through but most of them got through it well in the end.

"It was a similar session to what we were doing before Christmas but the conditions are what made it such a tough day.


Stewart Mills breaks down with heat stroke during training. Broncos training at Purtell Park Bardon.
"We trained extremely hard last year though but with Alex Corvo coming in it has been a different type of training.

"Alex and Steve Hooper have brought in a different type of program. It is a longer program than what we have done in the past metres wise and that has been a real challenge for the players.

"There's a strong work ethic and enthusiasm about how we are going about our business."


Griffin said Mills, recruited from Cronulla, was just struggling to adapt to Brisbane's humidity.

"Yeah, the poor bugger, he was just dehydrated and he fainted but we got some Powerade through to him and he's fine."

Centre Jack Reed said described yesterday morning's workout was one of the toughest sessions he had experienced.


Ben Barba trying to hide from the heat. Broncos training at Purtell Park Bardon.
"It was a real eye opener that's for sure. That's the start of what we should expect all the time," he said.

"He's intense and knows how to get teams ready for finals and it's a good change up."

The club's four World Cup players will return on the 13th while Ben Hannant (calf injury) and Jordan Kahu (personal reasons) missed Friday's session.
 
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I honestly don't think half of our players would have the mental resilience to push themselves through pain and hurt like the guys in those photos. Hope we don't see him relaxing his standards when he comes here, like every other coach/trainer
 
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It the risk of encouraging jonno jonno into another heat based training thread..... let's base preseason in Darwin in the heat to really get the conditioning going. Or Port Moresby --- no distractions there!!!!

A mix of Corvo and heat and we won't be starting next season behind the other teams for a change!!!
 
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If I have one concern it's that the World Cup is somehow going to interfere with preseason, I just hope they can mitigate against that somehow.
 
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If I have one concern it's that the World Cup is somehow going to interfere with preseason, I just hope they can mitigate against that somehow.
I think the key is not to give them such a long break after coming back from the World Cup. Kearney needs to put big priority on next year with the season we have had. I would even go as far to not release some of these players for the World Cup, why should he reward inconsistency during such a terrible year. I know it's not going to happen but it should.
 
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If he's as tough as the Warriors press release say he is I'd be happy.

Put him in charge of the team until February then let The Process™ take over
 
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I honestly don't think half of our players would have the mental resilience to push themselves through pain and hurt like the guys in those photos. Hope we don't see him relaxing his standards when he comes here, like every other coach/trainer
And therein lies the real issue with the club. You can create all the programs you want but if the players are up to it then you are fucked from the get go. Hopefully its a sign of who we retain and who we drop from the roster. I know some stories of lazy trainers who end up feigning injuries to get off sessions that are too hard...
 
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And therein lies the real issue with the club. You can create all the programs you want but if the players are up to it then you are fucked from the get go. Hopefully its a sign of who we retain and who we drop from the roster. I know some stories of lazy trainers who end up feigning injuries to get off sessions that are too hard...
I was going to add to my post, wait for the "asthma attacks" and nigly calf injuries to pop up when things get hard
 
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I like that Corvo has a track record with successful teams and that it is in an area that we have struggled with this season.

I also like the fact that he wouldn't have come cheap so the club are showing a bit of ambition and investment for the future.
 
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It the risk of encouraging jonno jonno into another heat based training thread..... let's base preseason in Darwin in the heat to really get the conditioning going. Or Port Moresby --- no distractions there!!!!

A mix of Corvo and heat and we won't be starting next season behind the other teams for a change!!!
Port Moresby do part of the preseason with the Hunters would help build a good fan base and who knows find a gem or two for reserve grade
 
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Jesus...without his signing overnight what would Cameron George have talked about on radio today. Sure is pinning all the hopes on him sorting a lot of stuff out!!

Everything else is "under review" including the "process"
 
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Jesus...without his signing overnight what would Cameron George have talked about on radio today. Sure is pinning all the hopes on him sorting a lot of stuff out!!

Everything else is "under review" including the "process"
I enjoyed that interview, seems like Kearney will definitely be on the radar this season if the team doesn't perform.

Alex Corvo is the potential signing to fix the problem we've had for the past 6 years - not being an 80 minute team.

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Jesus...without his signing overnight what would Cameron George have talked about on radio today. Sure is pinning all the hopes on him sorting a lot of stuff out!!

Everything else is "under review" including the "process"
What time was the interview on? Radio Sport?
 
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Heard the interview, George is pinning a lot of hopes on Alex Corvo, while his addition will be good for the club it only addresses a single area of weakness of which there are several.
 
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