Super teams sweat in the summer heat

Chiefs     14 Dec 2018     Chiefs

But as the temperatures soar, there’s no switching off for New Zealand’s five Investec Super Rugby teams who have taken their 2019 preparations to another level in the summer heat.

We checked in on all the teams to see how their summer training has been going ahead of the Christmas break.

It’s been all hard work and grind for the Blues since the squad assembled in late November. Gruelling gym workouts have been followed by intense fitness sessions run by Strength and Conditioning coach Phil Healy. The sessions have been designed to give Healy and his team an idea of where the players stack up physically and what areas they need to work on during the remainder of the pre-season campaign.
When you’re in Chiefs country in summer there is no better place to head than Mt Maunganui - and that’s exactly what the Chiefs have done. With the Tauranga sun beating down, the Chiefs have earned their Christmas pudding with some tough mahi. From rugby drills and skills at a local rugby club to beach challenges and a gut-busting run to the top of Mt Maunganui, the Chiefs have pushed themselves to the limit in the summer sun. 

The Hurricanes have got down and dirty on the farm with a team camp near Featherston in the Wairarapa. A number of new faces have been welcomed into the squad alongside new assistant coach and former All Black first five-eighth Carlos Spencer. Following the team-building activities on the farm, the Hurricanes went into a big week of strength and conditioning and fitness testing that will set them up well for the remainder of their pre-season campaign, including the annual surf to peak challenge.
From the beach to the boxing gym and all points in between, the Crusaders have been loving their pre-season training. With Head Coach Scott ‘Razor’ Robertson and the rest of the coaching group providing the banter and motivation, the Crusaders are ready to hit 2019 running. A highlight for the squad was getting up close and personal in the gym with former world heavyweight champion boxer Joseph Parker before his fight in the Garden City against Mexican heavyweight Alexander Flores. 

After a spell of wet weather in the south, the Highlanders wasted no time getting outside for some skills and drills when the sun appeared. There’s always big focus on fine tuning the basics in pre-season for the Highlanders, as well as building up the fitness levels. So while there’s been plenty of smooth skills on display, Head Coach Aaron Mauger has also made the team sweat with a good dose of running in the summer sun.