Holmes & Maloney's Kangaroos tune up
Valentine Holmes and James Maloney, along with their Kangaroos team mates, have settled into their training base in Manchester ahead of their first match of the Four Nations tournament against Scotland on Friday.
Australia will play The Bravehearts in Hull to open the Four Nations in the first of six pool matches. The game will kick-off at 6.00am AEDT on Saturday, October 29 (5.00am in Queensland).
After impressing on an unfamiliar left-edge in the side's clash with New Zealand in Perth 10 days ago, Holmes again looks set to gear up for the upcoming clash with the Scots.
Holmes' Kangaroos centre partner Josh Dugan said the squad had already started to acclimatise to the UK time zone and conditions.
"We had a bit of a blow-out in the cardio room and did a bit of weights. We had a couple of days off but now we're starting the preparations for Scotland," Dugan said.
"It's always good to be in these camps with the quality of players we've got.
"I think the weather may be a bit of a factor but we are going to prepare as best we can and go out there and do everyone at home proud.
"We're looking to win all our games and make that final, and it all starts with Scotland.
"It's a bit of an unknown, we don't really know what to expect, but I'm really looking forward to the game and getting another Test cap."
Mal Meninga's side are expected to easily account for Scotland in Hull before games against New Zealand in Coventry on November 5, and a clash with England in London on November 13.
Meninga has his squad based in Manchester to start the tournament, with Dugan impressed by the local facilities.
"They're awesome. We did a bit of cryotherapy yesterday and they have a state-of-the-art recovery facility," he said.
"The gym is really good as well.
"We're not going to have any excuses about where we're training and it's great to have these sorts of things available to us."
Originally published at NRL.com.