Kangaroos Train in Manchester

The Holden Kangaroos have trained on Thursday in Manchester, hitting the field for their first training run since landing in England on Wednesday.


Kangaroos Coach Tim Sheens says the focus for Eels fullback Jarryd Hayne and the rest of the green and gold squad was simply to ease back into training in preparation for Australia's first match of the Rugby League World Cup on October 26 against the England Lions.


"There's been lots of travel, lots of sore backs and a long long season," Sheens said.


"We've just got to be careful to build it up and not peak too early."


With no pre-Cup trial matches scheduled for the Kangaroos, five-eighth Johnathan Thurston says the Australians will use the time to build towards the World Cup Opener, including acclimatising to the infamous English weather.


"A lot of the boys have been here before and played in these conditions, they have the right footwear, they know what it's like," Thurston said.


"And over the next few weeks it's just about adapting to the conditions."


"By the weekend we should be looking to build our standards up and just keep building on that during the week."



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