Robinson, Palu return to training
NSW Waratahs duo Benn Robinson and Wycliff Palu have returned to the training field after injury dashed their Rugby World Cup hopes and sent them to the sidelines.
Robinson (knee) and Palu (hamstring) were both sent home early from this year's Rugby World Cup, but with the new Super 15 rugby season only three months away, have made remarkable progress with their rehabilitation.
Despite being limited by their fitness programs, the pair are relieved to be back preparing for the new season.
"It's been a tough road but things are progressing well ... it was tough early on, being in physio every day," Robinson said.
"But I'm in a good space now and enjoying being back involved, especially having the younger players around.
"It's been a while since I've had a quality pre-season, so it's good to be back."
With the Waratahs opening the new season at home against reigning champions the Queensland Reds, Robinson and Palu face the temptation of pushing their bodies beyond the limits.
But despite the attraction of facing the Reds, and the fear of dropping out of the first XV, the duo prefer to focus on setting small milestones to chart their progress.
"Getting back running was a big one for me," Robinson said.
"Now it's about getting back on the scrummaging machine.
"There are a lot of young props around, working hard, and that is pushing me too."