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Rugby Union: Codder's conditioning shaping up LSH.


WHEN Liverpool-St-Helens board the Ellisons bus for their trip to Aspatria this weekend, one man more than most has reason to reflect on the journey that lies ahead.

Fitness and conditioning coach Tony '

Codder' Collins arrived at Moss Lane in 1988 when Mike Slemen was coach and current LSH doctor Kevin Simms was playing for England.

The former Pilkington's Athletic club coach has hardly missed a training session since and his quiet, authoritative and knowing style has helped prepare LSH's finest for the last 17 years.

The man who mentored St Helens' Olympic sprinter Brian Green in Munich in 1972 has travelled everywhere with LSH.

After just three games this season many observers believe that a significantly improved level of fitness hascontributed to the three wins. "I'm sure that this has something to do with it," says Collins. "These lads have worked very hard this year and are a particularly responsive bunch."

Collins believes that every athlete has room for improvement, particularly pace, and regards Simms, former LSH winger Mark Sephton and stand off Brian Wellens amongst the best rugby athletes he has worked with.

His philosophy is simple"Everyone has talent. Some choose to use and develop it.

I simply help and guide them on their way, reminding them that you can only get out what you put in!"

So, for a man who has already travelled this season as he puts it to Eccles not Esher and Widnes not Wasps and is loving every minute of it, the trip through the Lake District will be like any other. Everyone at LSH is hoping that the journey back will be even better
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 21, 2005
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