Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

What's Up with Warriors?

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

What's Up with Warriors?

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RUGBY LEAGUE: Anyone who has had the pleasure of meeting Ryan Hoffman knows he is a very special young man.

And those who know him well would not be surprised that he spent part of the off-season in the US on a mission to make him a better player, and a better person.

At this own expense, Hoffman had two weeks in the States on what he termed a fact-finding mission.

Among those he met for special talks were staff at Ohio State University and two US Special Forces soldiers.

While he learned much and was treated unbelievably well by his hosts, Hoffman was exhilarated by his encounter with the Green Berets.

They gave him an insight into their mental toughness, mental strength and mental training.

But, unfortunately, he made one massive mistake. He didn't take the entire Warriors NRL squad with him.

If there's one team in the NRL that needs lessons in mental toughness, mental strength and mental training, it's the Warriors.

And if they ever managed to get that part of their game right, they would start red-hot favourites to win the NRL premiership every year, with every bookmaker.

While rugby league may play second fiddle to union in the Shaky Isles, it seems most young Pacific Islanders eventually find their way into the NRL through a start in New Zealand. …

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