Groom urges team-mates to swim on the wild side

Evening Times - - RUGBY UNION -

hy­drother­apy where we go be­tween hot and cold baths,” said Groom. “There is a good crew now do­ing it. Damien Hoy­land is a fan of the cold. Jamie Farn­dale, Matt Scott like the hot and cold.

“We try and chan­nel our in­ner Wim Hof who is a cold ther­apy guru. He hosts these ice bath par­ties. The the­ory is the real cold is sup­posed to clear your mind of ev­ery­thing and that sur­vival in­stinct will kick in.”

Groom is con­vinced cold wa­ter ther­apy has helped him re­cover quicker from in­juries and while he can­not prove any­thing sci­en­tif­i­cally, he is in no doubt about the phys­i­cal and men­tal ben­e­fits.

“It’s a real cleans­ing thing to do,” the 29-year-old said. “They put wild horses in the salt wa­ter so they can race the next day so there must be some­thing in it.”

On the field, Groom’s at­ten­tions are fo­cused on Ed­in­burgh’s clash with Wasps on Satur­day. The cap­i­tal side de­feated the English Pre­mier­ship team 31-20 at Mur­ray­field last Fri­day.

Al­though pleased with their per­for­mance, Groom thinks there are still things which they can im­prove upon. And with Ed­in­burgh’s con­fi­dence sky-high fol­low­ing that re­sult, he be­lieves they can put on a real show at the Ri­coh Arena this week­end.

“The great thing for us is that we played well and beat a top side,” he said.

“We are play­ing against a world-class set of play­ers who on their day can be re­ally special.

“We are play­ing away which is a chal­lenge but we will take a lot of con­fi­dence from last week.”

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