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Xer360 are proud to announce that we are supplying the NRL Referee’s with our range of XerFlex Resistance bands. The NRL is the Biggest sport in Australia and continues to grow from strength to strength. The national Rugby League is regarded as the best Rugby League competition in the world and supports some of the games biggest names. Rugby League is a true spectators sport and the NRL is known for its speed and ferocity. The contact and force the athletes endure is phenomenal, making this sport remarkably entertaining for its fans. With Rugby League being a full contact sport, tempers can flair at times, and at the centre of all this action is the NRL Referees who must take control of the game.

The Referees are not just the people in the middle, these days they need to be athletes themselves. With the speed and intensity of the game the referees need to constantly be on the ball, and are under constant pressure to make the right decisions. This means the referees need to be as fit or if not fitter then the players themselves just to keep up with play.

The NRL have a team of over 40 Referees of which 20 are employed full time, training just as professionally as an NRL team. Their day consists of both weight training and conditioning all amongst video reviews, rehab and physiotherapy. This year the Strength and conditioning along with the physio department have incorporated functional training and rehabilitation into the referees programs. They have adopted the use of XerFlex resistance bands throughout their functional training and rehabilitation sessions.

As head physiotherapist for the NRL referees I chose Xer360’s Xerflex resistance bands because of its utmost quality and durability over other products that I have used. I find they are most useful for both functional strength and rehabilitation to aid in achieving peak athletic performance and prevention of injuries. The premium quality and smooth finish of Xerflex resistance bands not only provides comfort on the skin but also remains secure during exercises. I would recommend Xerflex resistance bands to all individuals looking to benefit from resistance training”.  HEAD PHYSIOTHERAPIST – NRL Referees

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Xer360 was a proud supporter of Hull FC’s historic Challenge cup victory at Wembley. Supplying the full range of XerFlex Resistance Bands for the team to use during there pre game warm up. The team used our bands to help prep their muscles for the biggest game of the year.

 

Hull FC came from behind to win their fourth Challenge Cup trophy in their history in a hard-fought encounter against Warrington Wolves.

The Black and Whites trailed 10-0 through Matty Russell and Ben Currie, but tries from Mahe Fonua and Jamie Shaul sealed the win for Hull, the first time at Wembley.

Xer 360’s Mark Minichiello was playing in his first final of his career.

Mark shared his thoughts with RED in the following weeks:

How was the atmosphere on the day?

It was unbelievable. I think it’s the best atmosphere I’ve ever played in. I’ve played in some pretty special games back home, but nothing with the atmosphere that Wembley had. Almost 80,000 people were there and I had my family over from Australia, which made it even more special.

The way the English fans sing and chant makes for a really great atmosphere – it’s something I’ve never experienced before. It was a special time.

Did you think you would win?

I was prepared to win. At the start of the year we sat down and that was one of our major goals – to win the Challenge Cup.

When you focus on something so much every single day, by the time we got to that stage, for me, it was like “yep, we’re going to win this”. We went 10-0 down in the game and nothing was going our way, so I thought maybe it wasn’t our time.

It wasn’t until we scored our first try and it was 10-6 that I knew we could do it. And when we went to 12-10, I thought it was definitely going to happen. We just about hung on and got the victory.

How did you prepare on the day?

It was such a big game, you want to try and prep as normal, as you do for any other game. It’s quite hard to do that, because you know what is riding on the game and you’re not in your normal environment.

You’re not at home, you’re in a hotel and you haven’t got the same food around you. As best as I could, I tried to stick to my routine: get up in the morning and have the same breakfast. I have eggs and smoked salmon with avocado on toast

I like to get up and about. I took a walk with my roommate Danny and we just spoke about the game.

How did it feel to win?

I ended up having the ball in my hands when the hooter went. I was on the ground, and the first reaction was relief and exhaustion. Then it kicks in that you’ve actually won. It was the highlight of my career so far – an unbelievable feeling.

What has been the reaction since the win?

The fans have been great! We did an open-top bus ride around the city on the Monday morning and there were fans lining the streets. We went past the hospital and they were waving out of windows, and the Hull people were out in front of their homes.

You then understand what it means to the Hull fans to win the Challenge Cup. When we got into Queens Park there were more than 20,000 supporters there waiting, it was really special.

You’ve since been put on the dream team, what was that like?

It was recognition of a good season. Every year they pick a dream team and I was lucky enough to get selected, it just tops off a great year. Along with five other team mates, I made that team and it’s a proud achievement.

Xer360’s Mark Minichiello have been named in this year’s Dream Team.

The Dream Team is voted for by members of the media, and it’s the first time in three years there have been representatives from the Black and Whites, which they have dominated this season.

The Super League Dream Team in full is as follows:

Full-back: Jamie Shaul (Hull FC)

Wing: Denny Solomona (Castleford Tigers)

Centre: Ryan Atkins (Warrington Wolves

Centre: Mahe Fonua (Hull FC)

Wing: Dom Manfredi (Wigan Warriors)

Stand-off: Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves)

Scrum-half: Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers)

Prop: Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves)

Hooker: Danny Houghton (Hull FC)

Prop: Scott Taylor (Hull FC)

Second row: Ben Currie (Warrington Wolves)

Second row: Mark Minichiello (Hull FC)

Loose forward: Gareth Ellis (Hull FC)

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