Wales in Japan
Wales forwards learn techniques from Sumo wrestlers
June 14, 2013
Some Wales players have consulted local sumo wrestlers during their tour of Japan in a bid to improve their scrum techniques.
"The power comes from their legs, but there's loads of technique with it as well, with regards to where to hit each other and stuff," prop Rhys Gill told WalesOnline. "There have some heavy old collisions. It's pretty much like scrummaging.
"There is definitely stuff we could learn from them, with regards to their binding and where they hit each other. They've got to get it right, otherwise they lose that battle straight away.
"You think the sumo wrestlers are not athletes, but they are actually machines. Fair play to them, they are unbelievable. They are big strong guys and they work ridiculously hard. One guy was crying at the end, he was actually in tears and the coach was still hitting him with a stick shouting at him and telling him to get up."
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