Bradford Bulls players under orders to get fit not fat this Christmas

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Francis Cummins is pleased with the way his players have knuckled down to training during the close season Francis Cummins is pleased with the way his players have knuckled down to training during the close season

Bulls coach Francis Cummins has warned his players to stay in tip-top condition during their Christmas break.

Cummins’ squad will undergo their final training session of the year today before breaking for the festive period and returning on January 3.

The Bulls chief opted against playing a Boxing Day friendly due to not wanting to risk injuries to his small squad.

Nevertheless, he has been delighted with the commitment of his troops during pre-season and has urged them to not only maintain their fitness levels but to come back in even better shape.

Cummins said: “The players have 11 days off now, which will be very much a download period because they have trained the house down so they’re going to need it.

"But we can’t keep training like this – we’ve been doing it for seven weeks now and with the contact they’re doing, it takes its toll. Therefore you need to give them time to recover.

“However, they have programmes to follow during this break and they’ve got to come back and make sure they hit certain standards.

“We’re actually expecting them to be fitter when they come back than they are now because their body will recover, and obviously they’ll be training as well.

“But they’ll be ready to go again in January and then we’ll continue our pre-season through to the friendlies.”

Cummins has had his players in for six days a week during pre-season and they have spoken of how tough the schedule has been.

They have also applauded their coach’s methods in preparing them for the rigours of the 2013 campaign, which is just six weeks away.

Cummins said: “We’re not far away at all now, to the point where we are doing more game-related stuff.

“We’ve been concentrated on core skill and now we’re upping it to team-based exercises and putting systems more in place.

“We’re looking in more detail at some of the things we’ve done – and in fact, the players are getting to the point where they want to play.

“You can see it in training with the level of contact. You can just see they are ready to go again, which is good.”

Head of strength and conditioning Tom Clough’s methods have been met with widespread approval by the Bulls squad and Cummins has constantly reinforced a message to his players about investing in their careers.

“I think with every coach you have different ideas anyway,” said Cummins.

“The way we have done pre-season, we have had them in for six days officially, although one of them is a rest day where we recover together.

“We’ve done it differently and obviously the conditioning is different. But that’s the way to do it; it’s to spark them up as well.

“We’ve said right from the start that we need to do it differently and we need to make sure that we’re all better for this pre-season because it’s so important.”

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10:07am Sat 22 Dec 12

Prycey says...

Thank you T and A for taking the knife to yesterday’s comments. Please make this your new year’s resolution and give your paper back to the posters who make sensible comments about your articles. Maybe those good posters will then return and make it a pleasure to read the articles each morning again. Well done, please, please keep it up!
Thank you T and A for taking the knife to yesterday’s comments. Please make this your new year’s resolution and give your paper back to the posters who make sensible comments about your articles. Maybe those good posters will then return and make it a pleasure to read the articles each morning again. Well done, please, please keep it up! Prycey

10:10am Sat 22 Dec 12

Mumby was the best says...

Prycey wrote:
Thank you T and A for taking the knife to yesterday’s comments. Please make this your new year’s resolution and give your paper back to the posters who make sensible comments about your articles. Maybe those good posters will then return and make it a pleasure to read the articles each morning again. Well done, please, please keep it up!
Here Here. It should have happened long ago.
[quote][p][bold]Prycey[/bold] wrote: Thank you T and A for taking the knife to yesterday’s comments. Please make this your new year’s resolution and give your paper back to the posters who make sensible comments about your articles. Maybe those good posters will then return and make it a pleasure to read the articles each morning again. Well done, please, please keep it up![/p][/quote]Here Here. It should have happened long ago. Mumby was the best

10:35am Sat 22 Dec 12

Ever positive says...

Mumby was the best wrote:
Prycey wrote:
Thank you T and A for taking the knife to yesterday’s comments. Please make this your new year’s resolution and give your paper back to the posters who make sensible comments about your articles. Maybe those good posters will then return and make it a pleasure to read the articles each morning again. Well done, please, please keep it up!
Here Here. It should have happened long ago.
I agree with the above, but lets be realistic, not all comments were sensible in the past! That's all we can hope for on this forum, fewer stupid comments.
Lets hope its a fresh start for 2013, like the Bulls, I cant wait for the new season, will be like Northern first game after being reformed, which attracted a big crowd.
[quote][p][bold]Mumby was the best[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Prycey[/bold] wrote: Thank you T and A for taking the knife to yesterday’s comments. Please make this your new year’s resolution and give your paper back to the posters who make sensible comments about your articles. Maybe those good posters will then return and make it a pleasure to read the articles each morning again. Well done, please, please keep it up![/p][/quote]Here Here. It should have happened long ago.[/p][/quote]I agree with the above, but lets be realistic, not all comments were sensible in the past! That's all we can hope for on this forum, fewer stupid comments. Lets hope its a fresh start for 2013, like the Bulls, I cant wait for the new season, will be like Northern first game after being reformed, which attracted a big crowd. Ever positive

10:55am Sat 22 Dec 12

theviking62 says...

Hear, hear, well done t n a, at long last, a positive step towards the future. As others have said, I hope the ones who have left, comeback in 2013.

Upwards and Onwards.

Return of THE BULLS, 2013.
Hear, hear, well done t n a, at long last, a positive step towards the future. As others have said, I hope the ones who have left, comeback in 2013. Upwards and Onwards. Return of THE BULLS, 2013. theviking62

11:47am Sat 22 Dec 12

fraternise says...

Absolutely agree with you all. It's not always the odd comment that isn't sensible that we disagree with. It's the constant vindictive stuff that is only designed to move us from the point?

So it does look like we have another Karl Jennings type conditioner at the Bulls, and let's give him a couple of plaudits for getting it right.

The rest periods are actually as important to training as the training itself, in the opinion of many experts.
Absolutely agree with you all. It's not always the odd comment that isn't sensible that we disagree with. It's the constant vindictive stuff that is only designed to move us from the point? So it does look like we have another Karl Jennings type conditioner at the Bulls, and let's give him a couple of plaudits for getting it right. The rest periods are actually as important to training as the training itself, in the opinion of many experts. fraternise

1:49pm Sat 22 Dec 12

Solomon Grundy says...

Amen to all the above - it doesn't just spoil the forum for decent supporters it demeans the T&A as a serious RL voice in the district too.

Trolls should be identified early and banned.
Amen to all the above - it doesn't just spoil the forum for decent supporters it demeans the T&A as a serious RL voice in the district too. Trolls should be identified early and banned. Solomon Grundy

2:52pm Sat 22 Dec 12

Sheffieldbull says...

Well done to the T&A!
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Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year to all genuine Bulls and Sports fans. Here's to 2013... Cheers!
Well done to the T&A! . Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year to all genuine Bulls and Sports fans. Here's to 2013... Cheers! Sheffieldbull

4:33pm Sat 22 Dec 12

-HCK3R- says...

Know we have a small squad but hopefully with an improved fitness programme and a bit of luck with injuries 2013 will hopefully see us take the first step back on the road to regaining our place as a top side....
Know we have a small squad but hopefully with an improved fitness programme and a bit of luck with injuries 2013 will hopefully see us take the first step back on the road to regaining our place as a top side.... -HCK3R-

4:40pm Sat 22 Dec 12

Kellington Bull says...

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all genuine Bull's fans. Here's hoping that we can make our mark in the coming season. As someone has already said, "Onwards and Upwards."

COYB
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all genuine Bull's fans. Here's hoping that we can make our mark in the coming season. As someone has already said, "Onwards and Upwards." COYB Kellington Bull

4:35pm Sun 23 Dec 12

Writer says...

Here's wishing all genuine Bulls supporters (and anyone else for that matter) a blessed Christmas and a rugby-good new year.
Franny seems to be his own man and with a new conditioner perhaps we will have less cruciate ligamament injuries.
COYB!
Here's wishing all genuine Bulls supporters (and anyone else for that matter) a blessed Christmas and a rugby-good new year. Franny seems to be his own man and with a new conditioner perhaps we will have less cruciate ligamament injuries. COYB! Writer

7:26pm Sun 23 Dec 12

Shelfrhino says...

Sheffieldbull wrote:
Well done to the T&A!
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Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year to all genuine Bulls and Sports fans. Here's to 2013... Cheers!
Cheers sheffdull,

I knew you weren't as "bad" as you think you are.

Can you give me a bit of insider info?
I was wondering if Maccy D's will be doing the Monopoly game after the Christmas holidays again next year?
[quote][p][bold]Sheffieldbull[/bold] wrote: Well done to the T&A! . Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year to all genuine Bulls and Sports fans. Here's to 2013... Cheers![/p][/quote]Cheers sheffdull, I knew you weren't as "bad" as you think you are. Can you give me a bit of insider info? I was wondering if Maccy D's will be doing the Monopoly game after the Christmas holidays again next year? Shelfrhino

12:07pm Mon 24 Dec 12

theviking62 says...

It appears one got through the net. But it is the season of goodwill to all. So, have a good un Shelf.
It appears one got through the net. But it is the season of goodwill to all. So, have a good un Shelf. theviking62

2:46pm Mon 24 Dec 12

Shelfrhino says...

Cheers viking, same to you and yours.
Cheers viking, same to you and yours. Shelfrhino

8:44pm Mon 24 Dec 12

vikings hack hunt says...

Prycey wrote:
Thank you T and A for taking the knife to yesterday’s comments. Please make this your new year’s resolution and give your paper back to the posters who make sensible comments about your articles. Maybe those good posters will then return and make it a pleasure to read the articles each morning again. Well done, please, please keep it up!
Totally agree lets all put the nonsense behind us and post rugby matters only.
[quote][p][bold]Prycey[/bold] wrote: Thank you T and A for taking the knife to yesterday’s comments. Please make this your new year’s resolution and give your paper back to the posters who make sensible comments about your articles. Maybe those good posters will then return and make it a pleasure to read the articles each morning again. Well done, please, please keep it up![/p][/quote]Totally agree lets all put the nonsense behind us and post rugby matters only. vikings hack hunt

11:02am Wed 26 Dec 12

theviking62 says...

I'm all for that, but as we know, it will never happen. Why, use other folks' nom de plumes, eh Hack? Don't have the ability to think for yourself.
I'm all for that, but as we know, it will never happen. Why, use other folks' nom de plumes, eh Hack? Don't have the ability to think for yourself. theviking62

11:08am Wed 26 Dec 12

Mumby was the best says...

theviking62 wrote:
I'm all for that, but as we know, it will never happen. Why, use other folks' nom de plumes, eh Hack? Don't have the ability to think for yourself.
Don`t fall for the fool, the name is an insult and should not be used in a forum accessed by kids. It`s Disgusting!!
[quote][p][bold]theviking62[/bold] wrote: I'm all for that, but as we know, it will never happen. Why, use other folks' nom de plumes, eh Hack? Don't have the ability to think for yourself.[/p][/quote]Don`t fall for the fool, the name is an insult and should not be used in a forum accessed by kids. It`s Disgusting!! Mumby was the best

6:59am Thu 27 Dec 12

vikings hack hunt says...

Dont know what you mean ????????????????????
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Dont know what you mean ???????????????????? ???????????????????? ???????????????????? ???????????????????? ??????????????? vikings hack hunt

7:54am Thu 27 Dec 12

vikings hack hunt says...

Mumby was the best wrote:
theviking62 wrote:
I'm all for that, but as we know, it will never happen. Why, use other folks' nom de plumes, eh Hack? Don't have the ability to think for yourself.
Don`t fall for the fool, the name is an insult and should not be used in a forum accessed by kids. It`s Disgusting!!
You know what happens when you stick your big nose in mumby.
The biggest kid on this forum is you lad now stop crying to moderators and post non abusive rugby stuff based on the topic.
Obsessed lad you really are. Get a life.
[quote][p][bold]Mumby was the best[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]theviking62[/bold] wrote: I'm all for that, but as we know, it will never happen. Why, use other folks' nom de plumes, eh Hack? Don't have the ability to think for yourself.[/p][/quote]Don`t fall for the fool, the name is an insult and should not be used in a forum accessed by kids. It`s Disgusting!![/p][/quote]You know what happens when you stick your big nose in mumby. The biggest kid on this forum is you lad now stop crying to moderators and post non abusive rugby stuff based on the topic. Obsessed lad you really are. Get a life. vikings hack hunt

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