Lietch impressed with club's facilities

By Fraser Stewart

The captain has high praise of the club

“"We couldn't have asked for better facilities."” Michael Leitch

Preparations are already underway for Japan and their Wolfpack side as they look to build for the Rugby World Cup.

Over the past few days the Japanese development squad known as the Wolfpack have set up their training camp at the club facilities, before they take on Melbourne Rising at AAMI Park on Friday night.

Captain of the Japan national team and the Sunwolves Michael Leitch said that having their training base at Keys Road was a good way to prepare for the Melbourne Rising game and for the world cup.

"We couldn't have asked for better facilities," Leitch told Moorabbin Rams.

"The ground conditions are perfect the club rooms are nice and the gym is across the road so it's just what we need.

"We have often been to other facilities where they don't have everything in the one complex so having it all here was pretty handy."

Leitch said that since arriving in Australia things have gone smoothly.

"Since we've hit Australia we have had our best two weeks of preparation and everything is going really well," he said.

"Last week against the Brumbies we had a good weeks preparation and had a good win so the challenge for us is to back that up.

"Everything is internal so we are not looking outside for any different kind of motivation, we are just out there to execute our game plan.

"Everyone has got an opportunity to put their hand up and everyone is working hard to give each other the right preparation."

Leitch currently plays for Toshiba Brave Lupus in the Top League, has also had a spent time with the Chiefs during their 2013, 2015-17 Super Rugby campaigns before making the move to the Sunwolves in 2018, said he couldn't wait for the world cup to begin.

"It's going to be an exciting world cup,"he said.

"I think it will be one of the better world cups for people who are coming not only to watch the world cup but to experience Japan.

"I've always said that Japan has a lot to offer and when people go over there they have an awesome time."

Updated 19:45 - 29 Aug 2019 by Fraser Stewart

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