World Cup Warm Up's

By Jon North on Aug 16, 11 11:07 AM in



The Welsh rugby team aren't the only ones preparing for the World Cup you know.

In fact here in the office my logistical preparations are now at an advanced stage. However, like rugby coaches the world over have been telling us for the last couple of weeks, there is no substitute for getting a couple of games under your belt.

For me that starts tonight down at Rodney Parade where the Dragons are taking on Russia (who play alongside Austrailia, Ireland, Italy and the USA in group C at the World Cup.)

I'm shooting the match for Associated Sports Images

http://asi.photoshelter.com/index

Which is also who I'm working for as a photographer during the tournament in New Zealand.

Luckily as a sports photographer I won't be running the same physical risks that the players are in their "warm up" matches. I suppose you never know but I would consider myself very unlucky if I picked up an injury that kept me away from the competition at this stage.

The match itself looks very interesting. Russia, or The Bears as they are known, are seen as one of Europes developing rugby nations and are currently ranked 19th in the world (one place above Wales' World Cup opponents Namibia.)

To be honest I've never really seen them play but better judges than myself say they are a team moving in the right direction.

Speaking of teams moving in the right direction, the Dragons will also be looking to build on their strong finish to last season and to give some players a run out. Hopefully we will see the return of Martyn Thomas who is now fit having recovered from the second of his two leg breaks.

I've been looking forward to this out of the ordinary fixture for some time.

I will let you know how I get on later.

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