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Performance: Cardiff University Sport – The Choice of Winners

6 December 2012

Star studded Autumn International Touring Teams use Cardiff University Sport facilities for preparation.

It has been a tough autumn series for the all the home nations, particularly Wales who did not win a game, knocking them out of the top 8 in the world and leaving them in the ‘pool of death’ for the World Cup in 2015.

All four touring teams utilised the facilities at Cardiff University starting with Argentina at the beginning of the series followed by Samoa, New Zealand and finally Australia. The teams were primarily based at the new and improved Strength and Conditioning facility on Park Place. “Facilities here at Cardiff are fantastic, I have been involved with five trips to Wales with the All Blacks and we have never had facilities as good as this year, it’s a fantastic new facility and nothing really compares” said All Blacks Conditioning Coach, Nick Gill. The feedback from all the players and coaches of the touring teams were very positive and complimentary of the equipment and standard of the Sport Centres. This was evidenced by David Pocock (Australian No.7) tweeting an instagram picture of the Strength and Conditioning Centre to 41,000 of his followers stating, “Great Facilities at Cardiff University, Super gym and sweet music.”

Students and users of the University sports facilities were able to train alongside some of the world’s biggest names and physiques in professional rugby during open sessions. 

The Wallabies lead Strength and Conditioning coach, Ashley Jones, spoke of his delight at using such a well-equipped functional gym, commenting that when the Australian team are on tour they generally use commercial gyms which limit the type of exercise that they can perform.

Head of Sport at Cardiff University, Stuart Vanstone said that “We are pleased to have received the recognition of the international touring teams and are very pleased with the positive comments received from all the nations that trained at Cardiff University Sport. This follows on from the success of hosting London 2012 training camps at the Universities Sports Training Village, Sports Training Fields and Fitness and Squash Centre. The international recognition is a reflection of the commitment and investment shown by the University towards performance sports across all levels.”