Kingston Park played host to rugby league stars on Tuesday, as Super League side Huddersfield Giants trained at the home of Newcastle Falcons.The 2009 Challenge Cup finalists are using the Falcons' state-of-the-art gym in readiness for their imminent Super League campaign, as their pre-season draws to a close.
Giants head of strength and conditioning, Mark Andrews, said: "It's wonderful to be up here in the North-East, and to be making use of this great facility at Kingston Park.
"We're on a four-day camp mixing the gym work with outdoor sessions, and as well as our own training it has been interesting to chat to the Falcons coaches and compare notes.
"They obviously run a very professional set up here at the Falcons under their head conditioner Andy Smith, the codes do have their similarities and there are always things that one can learn from the other in terms of training and preparation."
Newcastle first team coach and dual-code Lion Alan Tait spent time with England coach Tony Smith at Super League's Warrington Wolves over the summer, while former England rugby league wing Danny Williams is currently in the Falcons squad having crossed codes 18 months ago.
"It's been great having the Huddersfield boys up here, and to share ideas with their coaching staff," said Falcons head of strength and conditioning, Andy Smith.
"Despite their fundamental differences there are definitely areas of cross-over between the two games, and to get an insight into their strength and conditioning regime has been fascinating.
"Mark Andrews and his team obviously run a tight ship, their players look in great condition for the start of the new season and naturally we wish them all the best for the campaign ahead."