Highlanders training camp, Wanaka, Wednesday

Relaxing at Eely Point  are (from left) Tamati Ellison, coach Jamie Joseph, Ma'a Nonu, Nasi Manu...
Relaxing at Eely Point are (from left) Tamati Ellison, coach Jamie Joseph, Ma'a Nonu, Nasi Manu and Brayden Mitchell.
Highlanders player Ma'a Nonu with son Michael (12 months).
Highlanders player Ma'a Nonu with son Michael (12 months).
Meremaraea and Tamati Ellison, with 4-year-old Vini.
Meremaraea and Tamati Ellison, with 4-year-old Vini.
Upper Clutha Rugby Club supporter Colin Murdoch (left), president Nick Thompson (centre) and...
Upper Clutha Rugby Club supporter Colin Murdoch (left), president Nick Thompson (centre) and Highlanders captain Andrew Hore. Photos by Lucy Ibbotson.

Highlanders players and management were in Wanaka with their families for a training camp this week, ahead of their pre-season game at the Queenstown Recreation Ground tonight.

Training sessions were balanced with a series of leisure activities, including barbecues, visits to Puzzling World and Have a Shot, a winery tour for the women, and an afternoon of watersports at Eely Point. Head coach Jamie Joseph encourages a focus on family at player training camps to build a better team environment and improve performance on the field. Lucy Ibbotson was there with her camera.

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