Two years ago, the Australian team was in Melbourne for the inaugural World Cup, and for the next four weeks the team was out on the pitch.
For a while, there was no talk of returning.
There was no injury.
It was just a day on the field, and it felt like that day.
But the reality was much different.
“We got called into the physio suite to start the next day and it was like a dream,” former captain Matt Skelton says.
“It was like the last time we were training at the same place.
It didn’t feel like that was ever going to happen again.
The physios were just so good.
It felt like a second chance.”
For the first time, the players were in a space with their physios.
They were in one place and their own minds.
Skelson says the newness of the experience meant that everyone was “in a much better place”.
The players are back to training at their usual intensity, and are doing the right things.
“When you go off the pitch and it feels like a day off, that’s a big deal,” Skelter says.
“[It’s] a bit like you’re back in the gym.
It feels like you can get back in your gym and you’re in a good spot and you feel like you’ve made the most of it.
It’s the same thing with us.”
With that, the focus returns to training and the players return to the team that they were on that day in Australia.
For Skelters son, Daniel, the experience of not being able to play in a World Cup is still hard.
“I know it was a tough decision,” Daniel says.
He’s still very young, but has had plenty of time to reflect on what it was to play for Australia in Rio.
“A lot of it was the pressure,” Daniel continues.
“You’ve got to come into the squad, you’ve got the pressure.
There’s a lot more to come for Skelners son Daniel. “
Every single player has had that time and that pressure, and every single one of them have gone through it and come out on top.”
There’s a lot more to come for Skelners son Daniel.
The captain will be back to train with the team at a new training facility next week, and will be joined by other key players.
He has a lot of support.
“The physios are amazing, and the coaches are fantastic too,” Daniel adds.
“Daniel is coming back in November. “
It’ll be a good thing for our team, and we’ll be going out on a good run. “
Daniel is coming back in November.
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All the boys have got a lot on their minds and a lot to do.”
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