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Howley delighted with Spala camp
ESPN Staff
November 2, 2012
Caretaker boss Rob Howley casts an eye over training, North Sydney Oval, Sydney, Australia, June 21, 2012
Rob Howley believes his players have benefitted hugely from training camp © PA Photos
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Rob Howley is confident Wales' intense training camp in Poland has given them the ideal preparation for their autumn internationals, which begins against Argentina next Saturday.

The interim head coach took a 35-man squad back to Spala - where they prepared for last year's Rugby World Cup campaign - ahead of their autumn clashes with the Pumas, Samoa, New Zealand and Australia.

Despite Ryan Jones having to return home due to an on-going shoulder injury, Howley is delighted with the training, recovery and team-building his players have enjoyed.

"The team will benefit from Spala physically and mentally from the time we have spent together," he said. "The players feel refreshed mentally and have also been able to focus on recouperating from various injuries that have been managed or sustained over the previous weeks.

"Spala is a fantastic and unique facility. It has given the players the opportunity to spend time together; they've bonded and enjoyed the experience. There's been a lot of banter, the team dynamics in professional sport are important and we have been impressed with the players this week.

"The mantra of this national team over the last few years since the current coaching team has been together has been about hard work and this facility is unique in the way it allows you to do that.

"Our sessions are pretty short and intense, enabling us to put the players under pressure in defence and attack and, whilst we work hard both on and of the pitch, it's also about working smart and maintaining that intensity."

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