The Central North men's and women's squads hit the training paddock in Tamworth on Sunday ahead of next weekend's Country Championships.
It was for the men's squad their first run together, although not everyone was able to get there and they still have a couple of spots to fill after losing a couple of players on Saturday.
Coach Mick Squires said they'll hopefully fill those "in the next day".
He it was good just to get together and for the players to meet each other, and to run through a few things.
"We got through a bit of work with the forwards," he said.
"I think we're going to have a good forward pack. We've got some size there and we've got some jumpers."
They open their campaign against Western Plains at Pirates on Saturday afternoon. If successful they will then play for the Richardson Shield on Sunday.
Women's coach Jeremy Maslen said it was a constructive session.
They had Jake Douglas come in and do some fitness with them and take them through some tackle contest drills.
"So many of the girls come from a sevens background or only play in 7s comps," Maslen said.
"They don't play a lot of games where there's a lot of tackle contests."
They then split into forwards and backs for some more specific drills before finishing with a team run.
Maslen liked what he saw from that.
"We looked pretty good," he said.
"I think we're going to be very competitive."
They have drawn Hunter first up, which will be a tough ask.
Depending on that result they will then either play in one of the two semi-finals or not again until Sunday.
Both squads will train again on Friday night.
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