England set for training camp

England are to scale new heights in an effort to make up ground on Australia and New Zealand in time for the 2013 World Cup.

England set for training camp

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England coach Steve McNamara

Coach Steve McNamara will take a 24-man squad on a 10-day high-altitude training camp to South Africa next month in preparation for the clashes with the Kangaroos and Kiwis, as well as the autumn triangular tournament involving Wales and France.

The squad, comprising members of the elite training squad and the Australian NRL-based internationals, will leave the UK on Wednesday, October 10, four days after the Super League Grand Final, and set up camp at the highly-acclaimed North-West University Training Centre at Potchefstroom.

Spain were based at the sports campus during their successful 2010 World Cup campaign and some of Britain's Olympic athletes used the facilities in the build-up to London 2012.

"I am very excited that we will be taking our elite players to a high-altitude training camp," said McNamara.

"We have looked at training camps across the world and have found the best facilities to give the players everything they need in their preparation.

"We believe we are the first international rugby league team to train at high altitude and it will be something new for the players.

"Our preparation and planning will be vital over the year ahead. We have to give the players every opportunity to reach their full potential if we are going to fulfil our objective of winning the Rugby League World Cup in 2013."

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