Huddersfield Giants skipper Danny Brough and centre Leroy Cudjoe have made a quick start to pre-season, after joining back up with the rest of the squad last week.
Both players played major roles in the World Cup, for Scotland and England respectively.
Brough was instrumental in leading the Bravehearts to the quarter-final with New Zealand, whilst Cudjoe played in every England game up to and including their semi-final defeat to the Kiwis, and scored a try against eventual Champions Australia under the roof at the Millennium Stadium in the tournament’s opener.
The pair jumped straight into the club’s warm-weather training camp in Portugal last week, and coach Paul Anderson expected nothing less than the standards they immediately hit.
He said: “They’ve got straight back into work and are playing a full part in all the sessions.
“They are a little behind the rest of the squad due to missing pre-season work in November and December, but they deserved the time off following the major roles they played for their countries in the World Cup.
“They took care of themselves during their break, which meant they came back in decent nick and that’s just what we expected of them as they are both world-class professionals who know exactly what’s required.”
Brough and Cudjoe are the last two from the Giants’ nine World Cup players to return to training ahead of 2014, and Anderson has praised them all for the way they have re-integrated back in to Huddersfield’s set-up.
“To be fair, all those who came back late after playing in the World Cup were very quickly playing a full part in pre-season work,” he added.
“Everyone knows the high standards expected of them and none of them are willing to let those standards slip.”