Leeds Rhinos will travel to Toulouse Olympique on Saturday night, hoping to combat both the French side as well as the weather.
It is supposed to hit the late 30s in terms of degree centigrade in the south of France on Saturday afternoon which explains why the fixture has been put back two hours to 7pm from the original 5pm.
The West Yorkshire club tweeted yesterday: “Leeds Rhinos’ fixture at Toulouse Olympique this Saturday, 16th July, will now kick off at 8pm local time, 7pm in the UK, as a safety pre-caution due to the current heat wave in France and the high temperatures forecast for the original kick off time.”
Leeds Rhinos fixture at Toulouse Olympique this Saturday, 16th July, will now kick off at 8pm local time, 7pm in the UK, as a safety pre-caution due to the current heat wave in France and the high temperatures forecast for the original kick off time pic.twitter.com/FOybjBZApW
— Leeds Rhinos (@leedsrhinos) July 11, 2022
For Leeds boss Rohan Smith, him and his side have been preparing earnestly for the predicted heatwave with a mixing up of ideas in training.
“For the players we have been trying to train in the hottest parts of the days here so we have been out in the sun and inside in the heated facilities so we have been trying to educate the players on how to effectively cool down and hydrate,” Smith said.
“I’ll be fine as I’ll be in the shade! But I don’t think anyone gets used to playing in those conditions.”
Smith will welcome a new addition to his squad ahead of the trip with Yusuf Aydin joining on a two-week loan with the Rhinos head coach revealing the thought process behind that move.
“It came about in the last couple of days as we’ve on the lookout for reinforcements in our middle unit given the suspensions there.
“We had a conversation Tuesday and it all happened pretty quickly. He’s a good hard worker and keen to get involved in a new environment and test himself even if it is for a few weeks.
“We haven’t really been looking for a loan situation. There have been names offered up but we have been focused on getting players back from suspension. I’ve seen Yusuf play but it was more of a timing issue.”