Australia recovered from their opening Rugby World Cup victory against Fiji by taking a dip in the London 2012 Legacy Pool at the Sports Training Village on Thursday.
Try-scorer Sekope Kepu and fly-half Bernard Foley, who kicked 13 points in Wednesday’s 28-13 win at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, were among the players who enjoyed a recovery session in the 50m pool at the Sports Training Village.
The University of Bath has proudly been the Team Base for the Wallabies during the past nine days and the squad will continue to train here until Saturday, when they head to Villa Park for their second Pool A match against Uruguay the following day.
As well as the swimming pool, the Wallabies have been using the University’s world-class gymnasium and an outdoor training pitch with a 95 per cent rating. They have also had access to the hydrotherapy suite, ice baths and the Team Bath Physio & Sports Science Centre.
Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath, and Director of Sport Stephen Baddeley this week presented Australia Head Coach Michael Cheika with a University of Bath rugby shirt and received a signed Australia Rugby World Cup shirt in return.
Cheika thanked Dame Glynis for the ‘very warm welcome’ they had received from everyone at the University and praised the ‘first-class’ facilities provided to the team on campus.
The Vice-Chancellor said: “We are delighted Australia chose our fantastic sports facilities for their Team Base. It was good to hear Michael speaking so highly of the University, our facilities and our staff.”
Thank you to ARU Media/Stuart Walmsley for the great pictures of Australia’s players in the swimming pool