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Giants remain cool during winter blast.

Byline: By CHRIS ROBERTS Rugby League Writer

HUDDERSFIELD Giants have returned to training today having faced the minimum of disruption.

Whilemany of their Super League rivals have been forced to change their training schedules ahead of the start of the season due to the heavy snow, the Giants have had no such problems.

Because Huddersfield spent last week, including the weekend, at a pre-season training camp in Bath, it was always head coach Nathan Brown's intention to give his players four days off.

And the Galpharm chief admits the timing couldn't have been better.

"I know this week has been a bit of a nightmare for many clubs, but not for us," said Brown.

"It had always been the plan to work the boys really hard down in Bath and then let them have a few days off. After all, that could be the only real break they have until the end of the season.

"Fortunately for us, those days off coincided with the bad weather, and it was something we didn't have to worry about.

"The boys are back in training today, and let's all hope the really bad weather is behind us and we can prepare without disruption for next Saturday's game at Catalans.

"Because it's our first game of the new season we obviously want it to go as smoothly as we possibly can."

But the competition actually gets under way tonight when champions Leeds Rhinos entertain Super League Welsh new boys Celtic Crusaders.

The visitors to Headingley are given little hope of causing an opening-day upset, even though Leeds boss Brian McClennan is having to pin his faith on the club's promising youngsters.

TheRhinos will be without five of their anticipated first pick for the clash, with Ryan Bailey, Rob Burrow, Danny Buderus and Brent Webb ruled out through injury and Greg Eastwood still in Brisbane awaiting the arrival of his British passport.

In their absence, McClennan has included youngsters Danny Allan, Kallum Watkins, Paul McShane and Dane Manning in his 19-man squad, with two of them guaranteed to feature against the Super League newcomers.

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GETTING TO KNOW YOU: new Giants captain Brett Hodgson and St Helens counterpart Keiron Cunningham go head-to-head as they begin the countdown to Huddersfield's opening home game of the season against Saints on Sunday, February 22; GETTING TO KNOW YOU: new Giants captain Brett Hodgson and St Helens counterpart Keiron Cunningham go head-to-head as they begin the countdown to Huddersfield's opening home game of the season against Saints on Sunday, February 22; DESK BOUND: Giants coach Nathan Brown has been making his plans to face Catalans Dragons from the comfort of his office as his players were handed a break from training
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Feb 6, 2009
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