Rugby champs invite public to preseason camp at NAU

Rabbitohs celebrate victory

The National Rugby League champions are making their way to Northern Arizona University for two weeks of high altitude training and inviting the public to watch their first camp in Flagstaff.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs, a pro rugby team from Australia, will visit NAU Nov. 17 – Dec. 1 to train for the upcoming season.

The Rabbitohs recently won the NRL Premiership in Sydney at the largest gathering in the ANZ Stadium since the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

They are the first National Rugby League club to hold a preseason high altitude camp. NAU also has hosted Australian Rules Football for training sessions in the past.

“The South Sydney Rabbitohs are always looking for new and innovative ways to physically and mentally train players each year,” said Troy Thomson, the team’s high performance manager. “High altitude training camps provide an excellent means by which to accelerate the processes involved in preparing an elite team of athletes.”

The training sessions listed below are open to the public. Schedules are subject to change based on weather and player conditions.

  • 9-11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 17, Skydome
  • 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov 18, Skydome
  • 9-11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 20, Skydome
  • 9-11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 24, South Field Complex
  • 9-11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 27, South Field Complex
  • 9-11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 28, South Field Complex