Australia head coach Michael Cheika subjected his players to train in the most uncommon fashion as they had their mouths strapped with tapes,while running up steep hills at Sydney park.
Cheika insists that the motive of doing so is because his players need to be much fitter as they gear up to clash with New Zealand on August 19 and win the Bledisloe Cup for the first time in 14 years.
“We spoke about it at the coaches’ meeting and we spoke about it in general that we need to lift the standard of our fitness level across the board – from the start of Super Rugby right through to us as well,” he told Newshub.
Players also had to strap over their eyes and work together as they tried to navigate up the slopes in a trust-building activity as Cheika himself also joined in.
“We then need to elevate that and take it to another level because that is what’s required,”the 50 year old tactician added.”The game goes faster. When it goes faster it becomes more powerful, collisions are bigger, there’s not more game time necessarily – the game just goes faster and you have to be ready for it,”he concluded.
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