By Harry Ramage
Plane rides, bus trips and hour long drives to training comes with the territory of playing for the Boston 13’s in the USARL competition.
A grand final appearance against Jacksonville has left the Boston 13s Rugby League Club determined to go one better in season 2013 as they attempt to win the USARL competition for the first time.
Coach Robin Peers arrived back in Boston less than a fortnight to go and will put his players through their paces preparing them for another tilt at the title which begins on June 1st.
The one time Challenge Cup quarter-finalist would love to see his side get back to a grand final and will do whatever it takes for his team to get back in the title hunt, even if it means three hour flights and ten hour bus rides.
“We need to get off to a really good start on the back of a good pre-season, and we need to sort out our overseas imports in terms of who is coming over. Once we get all that sorted we should be stronger than last year,” he said.
Competitions can’t be won in May but they can be lost.
It’s a fact that Peers is well aware of and will drum into his players.
With players in the team coming from a variety of different backgrounds it becomes paramount for the players to make sure their attitude is up to scratch.
“We have a few weeks before the season begins so we will be training three times a week, hopefully we will see the benefits. We have guys who come from a number of different sports like UFC, Wrestling and American Football. As a team we just need to have a better understanding of the game. I’m a firm believer in getting the basics right but I also want the guys to have fun,” he explained.
Peers has been impressed with the commitment of players who will drive for an hour three times a week to make themselves available for training.
He pointed to Anthony MacQueston who drives from Manchester, New Hampshire to the teams training base at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The NRL’s new $1.025 billion broadcast rights deal means people from all over the world can watch games live on their computer, a big plus for a team who are always looking to improve.
“Anthony constantly has the NRL streaming on the internet in the library while he is studying. We actually get live games of NRL and the English Super League broadcast on Fox Soccer Plus and every game of NRL is available live on the internet”.