NRL News: Turbo gives ballet a whirl in bid to overcome injury woes, Wigan star free to face Panthers

Manly star Tom Trbojevic has revealed he has turned to the very non-rugby league pastime of ballet in a bid to solve his injury woes.

The Sea Eagles star, who has had several hamstring injuries in recent years and is on the comeback trail from shoulder surgery which ruined his 2023 campaign, is fully fit heading into the new season which kicks off when his team takes on the Rabbitohs in Las Vegas next Sunday.

In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, he has detailed how Manly’s new head of performance, Jon Clarke, who has been a member of the Eddie Jones training regimes at England and the Wallabies over the past six years, has identified a problem in his right foot as the root of much of his leg pain.

“Jon was big on helping me understand what happens to the foot when it hits the floor, and it was about learning new skills to strengthen the foot and the toes,” Trbojevic told the SMH.

Tom Trbojevic. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

“I was pretty weak when we started the ballerina exercises, and it only made me realise how much stronger I needed to get. ‘JC’ will get you to wiggle your toes, or leave some toes on the ground while trying to raise others.

“He comes with a wealth of knowledge. He’s smart, has new ideas, and he’s just easy to talk to. Everyone talks about my hammies, but there hasn’t been a massive focus on that with his program. He basically wants me to get better as an athlete.”

Smith free to face Penrith for Wigan after escaping ban

Harry Smith is free to feature in Wigan’s World Club Challenge clash with Penrith after escaping a ban for his tip-tackle on Castleford’s Luke Hooley in Friday night’s Super League opener.

Wigan are seeking to make it back-to-back wins for English clubs after St Helen’s beat Penrith Down Under last year. 

Smith, 24, was sent to the sin bin following the incident but received a Grade B charge because the RFL’s match review panel found that “the unnatural actions of the tackled player significantly contributed to the outcome of the tackle”. 

Grade B charges generally incur a one-match ban, but previous conduct can provide a mitigating circumstance and the halfback, a pivotal figure in Wigan’s hopes of emulating St Helens on Saturday, got away with a £250 ($A480) fine. 

However, prop Luke Thompson will miss the World Club Challenge against Penrith after the ex-Bulldog suffered a concussion in Wigan’s first game of the Super League season.

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