League legend Glenn Lazarus will guide his Ipswich Jets squad through their paces as part of their affiliation with the Grafton Rhinos.
League legend Glenn Lazarus will guide his Ipswich Jets squad through their paces as part of their affiliation with the Grafton Rhinos.

Jets fly into Rhino territory

THE Grafton Rhinos affiliation with the Glenn Lazarus-coached Ipswich Jets is set to continue this weekend with a pre-season training run at South Grafton.

The Rhinos have been connected with the Queensland-based Jets since entering the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League competition three years ago.

Rhinos president Tony Stackhouse says the Jets’ coaching staff and players will arrive in Grafton on Saturday before heading off to Yamba on Sunday for a training session on the beach.

“The 30-man squad will arrive in Grafton about lunchtime on Saturday and train with our guys in the afternoon,” says Stackhouse.

“Head coach Glenn Lazarus will run the training session accompanied by assistant coaches Ben and Shane Walker.”

Stackhouse says the Rhinos are basically a feeder club for the Jets and this weekend’s training session is a perfect opportunity for players to impress the Jets’ coaching staff.

“The Rhinos are now a feeder club for the Jets and the Ipswich Jets are a feeder club for the Gold Coast Titans,” he says.

“Any aspiring league player has the chance to get noticed and hopefully further their rugby league career.

“Lazarus and the Jets’ players held a similar training day last year and we are again hoping their knowledge can be passed on to our coaching staff and players.”

Lazarus is widely-regarded as one of the games best front-row forwards and was recently named in the list of the game’s greatest 100 players.

He played in three premiership winning teams for three different clubs and represented NSW in State of Origin on 19 occasions

Stackhouse added the Jets’ players and staff will be journeying down to the Rhinos’ major sponsor, the Great Northern Hotel, for well-earned refreshments and a BBQ after the training sessions are completed.



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