Rugby: Leon MacDonald ventures up Blues pre-season arrangements with MMA preparing

Leon MacDonald has utilized new and imaginative preparing strategies to give Blues players a “testosterone kick” in front of the Super Rugby season.

The new head mentor uncovered that he had ventured up preparing and molding sessions amid the pre-season as the Auckland establishment would like to skip once more from one more disillusioning season a year ago.

Among those new strategies was blended hand to hand fighting preparing at Auckland City Kickboxing, the exercise center of UFC stars Israel Adesanya and Dan Hooker.

“It’s been a long pre-season so a difference in setting and voice it was an alternate method for preparing hard,” MacDonald told RNZ.

“The young men appreciate thrashing one another so it was a decent method for getting them fit and giving them somewhat of a testosterone kick too.

“You need the folks pushing for those World container sports to play great rugby, so you require the entire group playing admirably.

“On the off chance that they just need to stress over their very own activity and nailing their very own job at that point that is a success … they simply fit in and don’t feel the strain to do different things or push it excessively hard.”

Blues protective mentor Tana Umaga, who is himself a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu purple belt, may have been the motivation behind the adjustment in preparing view.

MacDonald additionally offered a knowledge into the advancement of returning midfielder Ma’a Nonu.

“Ma’a is an extraordinary expert and he has delighted in returning scouring shoulders with a portion of his old mates – him and Sonny (Bill Williams) have a solid relationship,” he told RNZ.

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“He is head down bum up and is buckling down and simply needs to buckle down for the group and that is extraordinary.”

The Blues commenced their first pre-season round of the year with a 43-10 whipping of the Chiefs in Kaikohe a week ago.

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