Rugby World Cup: Baby oil on rugby balls? Wales do it to combat humidity
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Wales have been covering soccer balls in baby oil to get ready at the Rugby World Cup in Japan for humidity.
The method is just one of a number attempted to their Pool D tournament opener against Georgia as Wales build-up on Monday, 23 September at Tokyo City.
“We’ve been utilizing wet chunks and been using baby oil onto them too,” said coach Warren Gatland.
“We have taped them up as well, and we have already been through this procedure from the [training] camps we had.”
Gatland says trainings in Switzerland and Turkey have been meant to assist his players deal with the conditions in Japan.
“We have been around two camps where one was in elevation and it was quite sexy in Switzerland, then it was that the late 30s at Turkey,” he said.
“We have done as much as possible in terms of managing the heat.
“I believe the humidity is going to be a variable. You’re able to see how hot it is, but with the those temperatures are going to fall to approximately 20 levels.
“It’s going to be a great deal cooler, but the battle then is going to be the humidity and coping with a slippery ball. It is the way we deal with this.
“The players who’ve been to New Zealand will have experienced this. I come in Hamilton, it is incredibly humid there.
“We all know what it is like and we’ve got players that have experienced a lot of night rugby, therefore we feel we have prepared well. We’re looking ahead .”
After confronting Georgia, Wales play Australia, Fiji and Uruguay since they challenge for the quarter-finals at Gatland effort.
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