World Cup Update: Parades, jet lag and Irish pubs

As more teams arrive in the United Kingdom ahead of next week's start to the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, the players are adjusting to their life for the next seven weeks.


Api Pewhairangi, fresh from joining the Ireland Wolfhounds, has met his new teammates over a pint of Guinness at an Irish pub - a great start to his World Cup campaign!





Meanwhile Jarryd Hayne says he's struggling to adjust to the time difference after landing in Manchester earlier this week.


"I was in bed by 11pm last night but up at 4.30am wide awake," said Hayne.


"It was probably the earliest I've ever had breakfast! There were a couple of boys down there [too], me, Cooper, Billy, B-Moz and Gal - same thing, couldn't sleep."


"We haven't adjusted yet, it's going to be hard. Hopefully I can try to stay awake today and get back into a sleeping pattern tonight."





Hayne says once the boys get stuck into their serious training regime, he'll be too tired not to hit the sack!


"I think I've tried every trick in the book," said Hayne.


"I was well hydrated, energy drinks, tablets, just keeping the body full of fluid, but nothing is working! You need four or five days to get your sleeping pattern right."


The Mate Ma'a Tonga team has been treated to a parade in Tonga, and an incredible welcome in New Zealand on their pre-World Cup tour to meet their fans and play a trial match - they're really soaking up the cultural experience before the official games begin!





Elsewhere, new Eels recruit Brenden Santi has also spent some time in Abu Dhabi on a brief stop-over before continuing on to England with the Italian side.