Ryan to take his Warriors to Portugal

Worcester News: Ryan to take his Warriors to Portugal Ryan to take his Warriors to Portugal

DEAN Ryan is taking his Warriors squad to the state-of-the-art Browns Sports and Leisure Club in Portugal next week for a warm-weather training camp.

The luxury facility in Vilamoura has often been used as a European base by many top sporting teams and Warriors will train there ahead of next Saturday’s LV= Cup trip to Sale Sharks (2pm).

Worcester are second in their group behind Bath and Ryan believes his squad will benefit hugely from a team-building week on the continent.

Due to waterlogged training pitches at Sixways, the players have been training at the University of Worcester recently, but they will now embark on the mini-break in a bid to reinvigorate a beleaguered squad.

Ryan said: “We are going to Portugal, one just to guarantee services as we haven’t had full access to facilities for two weeks now because of the weather conditions and, two, a mid-season camp will help to get as many people fit as possible and get us in the best condition we can be for the remainder of the season.

“We will have a guaranteed surface to train on for four or five days and the opportunity to try to freshen the squad up in conditions where it is not blowing a gale and raining. We targeted this next month as a pinch point and we want to do everything we can to ensure our preparation is right.

“Hopefully, we can then come back feeling confident we have given ourselves the best chance of having a crack at it.”

On the Browns website, the complex is described as a ‘designed and constructed to provide excellent training, accommodation and support conditions to all athletes from grass route teams to national professional teams in a safe and secure yet relaxed environment’.

The Warriors director of rugby added: “Everyone will say we are going to Portugal on some sort of holiday, but these guys are in at half-seven every morning and they work really, really hard.

“This place is not perceived as a holiday camp, it is about anything that can be done to aid performance, helping the squad and getting better.

“We haven’t been on a grass pitch for two-and-a-half weeks – that’s the reality of it – and we have to play on the best surfaces to give ourselves the best chance of being in the right place.

“It’s not just about running around on a field, though, because things such as team building are as important as anything else.

“If people feel in a better place, then they perform better – that is fact – but it is not all about being a holiday, it is about combining all those things.

“If we get a chance to be a little bit tighter as a team, to improve fitness, to work on a few things in dry conditions and on a decent surface, then that gives us the best chance of coming back in good shape.”

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10:39am Wed 15 Jan 14

welshpricey says...

The way Warriors' luck goes with travelling away they probably won't get there until Thursday anyway!!!!!

Can recommend some nice bars in Portugal for the "team building"!!!!!
The way Warriors' luck goes with travelling away they probably won't get there until Thursday anyway!!!!! Can recommend some nice bars in Portugal for the "team building"!!!!! welshpricey

11:42am Wed 15 Jan 14

dulon says...

At least the warriors have got a 'coach' and specialists in their respective fields . It is a marked contrast to the pantomime at 'New Road'
At least the warriors have got a 'coach' and specialists in their respective fields . It is a marked contrast to the pantomime at 'New Road' dulon

12:51pm Wed 15 Jan 14

disgusted with local F.A says...

Any Chance Ryan can leave them there
Any Chance Ryan can leave them there disgusted with local F.A

12:56pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Snoopy74 says...

Owwww Wonder if they can get a win - or they might of already forgotten how to do that mmmmmmmmmmm
Owwww Wonder if they can get a win - or they might of already forgotten how to do that mmmmmmmmmmm Snoopy74

1:05pm Wed 15 Jan 14

welshpricey says...

If they had won they'd be going to the Bahamas, not Portugal!!!

Lets see if a week in the sun can magically do something that 6 months of intensive coaching can't.

Keep the faith everyone ;-)
If they had won they'd be going to the Bahamas, not Portugal!!! Lets see if a week in the sun can magically do something that 6 months of intensive coaching can't. Keep the faith everyone ;-) welshpricey

4:26pm Wed 15 Jan 14

CYNIC_AL says...

He might as well take them to Disneyland for all the good it's going to do. Championship rugby at Sixways next season...
He might as well take them to Disneyland for all the good it's going to do. Championship rugby at Sixways next season... CYNIC_AL

4:38pm Wed 15 Jan 14

mrwrighty says...

What is the point of warm weather training when the next match is Sale when it will be either freezing or raining. What a waste, better they go to Norway or Finland and get used to it.
What is the point of warm weather training when the next match is Sale when it will be either freezing or raining. What a waste, better they go to Norway or Finland and get used to it. mrwrighty

4:57pm Wed 15 Jan 14

zx12r says...

You could not make it up.
You could not make it up. zx12r

12:08pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Brummagem Bertie says...

dulon wrote:
At least the warriors have got a 'coach' and specialists in their respective fields . It is a marked contrast to the pantomime at 'New Road'
It's called money (or, in WCCC's case, the lack of it).
[quote][p][bold]dulon[/bold] wrote: At least the warriors have got a 'coach' and specialists in their respective fields . It is a marked contrast to the pantomime at 'New Road'[/p][/quote]It's called money (or, in WCCC's case, the lack of it). Brummagem Bertie

12:19pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Brummagem Bertie says...

mrwrighty wrote:
What is the point of warm weather training when the next match is Sale when it will be either freezing or raining. What a waste, better they go to Norway or Finland and get used to it.
It's not about warm weather training but about being able to train.

It would be a real waste going to Norway or Finland - they would not be able to train at all there and if the weather at Sale is anything like in Scandanavia the game would not go ahead anyway!

The ability of some Warriors "supporters" to twist any story so that they can have a pop at the club, no matter how illogical their argument, never ceases to amaze me.
[quote][p][bold]mrwrighty[/bold] wrote: What is the point of warm weather training when the next match is Sale when it will be either freezing or raining. What a waste, better they go to Norway or Finland and get used to it.[/p][/quote]It's not about warm weather training but about being able to train. It would be a real waste going to Norway or Finland - they would not be able to train at all there and if the weather at Sale is anything like in Scandanavia the game would not go ahead anyway! The ability of some Warriors "supporters" to twist any story so that they can have a pop at the club, no matter how illogical their argument, never ceases to amaze me. Brummagem Bertie

2:20pm Thu 16 Jan 14

knick-knack says...

Perhaps they think they have found a team they might beat in rural Portugal?
Perhaps they think they have found a team they might beat in rural Portugal? knick-knack

2:35pm Thu 16 Jan 14

mrwrighty says...

Brummagem Bertie wrote:
mrwrighty wrote:
What is the point of warm weather training when the next match is Sale when it will be either freezing or raining. What a waste, better they go to Norway or Finland and get used to it.
It's not about warm weather training but about being able to train.

It would be a real waste going to Norway or Finland - they would not be able to train at all there and if the weather at Sale is anything like in Scandanavia the game would not go ahead anyway!

The ability of some Warriors "supporters" to twist any story so that they can have a pop at the club, no matter how illogical their argument, never ceases to amaze me.
With all due respect, I think you are missing the irony of my comment. We play in winter, we train in winter. The warm weather of Portugal will not help our situation. A game played in nice warm conditions when the ball is not slippery or the ground muddy will not help us when we play back home when the ball is slippery and the ground is muddy.

I was not twisting the story to have a pop. I just cannot see the justification of spending a large amount of money to train abroad when we are over halfway through the season without a win in sight and have little chance of surviving relegation to the Championship, even if we where to win some games.
[quote][p][bold]Brummagem Bertie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mrwrighty[/bold] wrote: What is the point of warm weather training when the next match is Sale when it will be either freezing or raining. What a waste, better they go to Norway or Finland and get used to it.[/p][/quote]It's not about warm weather training but about being able to train. It would be a real waste going to Norway or Finland - they would not be able to train at all there and if the weather at Sale is anything like in Scandanavia the game would not go ahead anyway! The ability of some Warriors "supporters" to twist any story so that they can have a pop at the club, no matter how illogical their argument, never ceases to amaze me.[/p][/quote]With all due respect, I think you are missing the irony of my comment. We play in winter, we train in winter. The warm weather of Portugal will not help our situation. A game played in nice warm conditions when the ball is not slippery or the ground muddy will not help us when we play back home when the ball is slippery and the ground is muddy. I was not twisting the story to have a pop. I just cannot see the justification of spending a large amount of money to train abroad when we are over halfway through the season without a win in sight and have little chance of surviving relegation to the Championship, even if we where to win some games. mrwrighty

3:26pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Brummagem Bertie says...

mrwrighty, I didn't miss anything in your comment, which was in no way ironic, as your explanation clearly demonstrates.

Did you not read the article? The whole point was that the team cannot train outdoors at the moment because the pitches are unfit. There is a limit to what can be done on the indoor pitch or in a sports hall because of its size: notwithstanding the fact that it is clearly pointless doing any sort of training indoors, according to your logic, because its not cold, wet and muddy.

And accusing the club of wasting money, time and effort on a pointless training camp seems to me like having a pop.
mrwrighty, I didn't miss anything in your comment, which was in no way ironic, as your explanation clearly demonstrates. Did you not read the article? The whole point was that the team cannot train outdoors at the moment because the pitches are unfit. There is a limit to what can be done on the indoor pitch or in a sports hall because of its size: notwithstanding the fact that it is clearly pointless doing any sort of training indoors, according to your logic, because its not cold, wet and muddy. And accusing the club of wasting money, time and effort on a pointless training camp seems to me like having a pop. Brummagem Bertie

6:01pm Thu 16 Jan 14

zx12r says...

January in Portugal is the only real month of what can be bad weather. Having played golf out there many times I know the Warriors will get wet & there wont be a lot of sun on their backs.
The money would be better spent being put towards installing undersoil heating at Sadways now that the drainage has been sorted out.
I know Portugal quite well & have never seen a rugby pitch, so I presume they will train on the beach.
No doubt Bertie (the voice of the Warriors) will put me right.
January in Portugal is the only real month of what can be bad weather. Having played golf out there many times I know the Warriors will get wet & there wont be a lot of sun on their backs. The money would be better spent being put towards installing undersoil heating at Sadways now that the drainage has been sorted out. I know Portugal quite well & have never seen a rugby pitch, so I presume they will train on the beach. No doubt Bertie (the voice of the Warriors) will put me right. zx12r

6:32pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Brummagem Bertie says...

zx,
"I know Portugal quite well & have never seen a rugby pitch, so I presume they will train on the beach.2

I wondered where Lusitanos played Stade and London Irish. I'll have to watch the highlights on the ERC website, as I've not seen beach rugby before. Do you think it will be as popular with spectators as the beach volleyball?
zx, "I know Portugal quite well & have never seen a rugby pitch, so I presume they will train on the beach.2 I wondered where Lusitanos played Stade and London Irish. I'll have to watch the highlights on the ERC website, as I've not seen beach rugby before. Do you think it will be as popular with spectators as the beach volleyball? Brummagem Bertie

2:27pm Fri 17 Jan 14

zx12r says...

Not if Worcester are playing Bertie.
Not if Worcester are playing Bertie. zx12r

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