No half-measures as Hunslet pivot trains from home

Hunslet's veteran half-back Dom Brambani is determined to make the most of the coronavirus lockdown.

Friday, 27th March 2020, 4:56 pm
Dom Brambani with daughters Miley and Matilda.

Like many players, at both full-time and semi-professional level, Brambani has been forced to improvise as he tries to keep fit away from his club.

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“I don’t have a gym at home – that’s been a topic of discussion with the missus – but I’ve got `free weights’ and I’m working hard on those,” Brambani said. “I’m lucky to have a decent-sized garden, with artificial grass down and fortunately the weather’s pretty good right now so I’m able to spend some quality time training outside.”

Brambani has also been running in a weighted vest, with his training being supervised by daughters, Miley, seven and three-year-old Matilda. He added: “The players are in a WhatsApp group and we’re helping support each other. It’s human nature that some people are more self-motivated than others, so we’re all encouraging each other as much as we can.

“It’s very important that we’re ready for the resumption, whenever that will be. Hopefully there’ll be a mini pre-season, but there might not be so we have to be in great condition. We’ve got something good going on at Hunslet, this could be a big season and we can’t let the coronavirus hinder us. I don’t think it will, we’ve a top group of blokes at the South Leeds Stadium and we’re all buying into what [coach] Gary Thornton’s asking of us.”