NRL 2021: Inside look at NZ Warriors' new home-away-from-home

Welcome to Camp Warriors, as they prepare for another COVID-19-enforced stay across the Tasman.

With their season-opener just a day away, the side have been training in luxury, a world away from home. 

"They're sort of taking it as an opportunity," says new coach Nathan Brown. "If we're here for six months or for 12 months, it can be a working holiday." 

And they aren't in a bad spot. Their new home is Tuggerah, a sleepy Central Coast suburb in New South Wales, about 90km out of Sydney, with a population of just over a thousand people. 

It'll be a different home for them in 2021, after being based in Tamworth last season. 

The difference between last season - when they were forced to Australia basically overnight - to this season is that everything is planned and players have their families with them. 

The Warriors have their own facility and live in a five-star resort. The players' partners are applying for jobs and their kids are in school. 

"I get to go home to my kids, and hear them call me dad and those things that I missed last year," says captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.

This settled environment should help them in their quest for a top-eight finish for the first time since 2018.

The club is prepared for the long haul, with a little Kiwi ingenuity going along way towards making life easier. 

The team have their own purpose-built gym, established inside a wedding-hire venue on the training field. 

This means, if they were forced into lockdown in the coming months, they can continue training in their own space.  

"Having our own facilities where we train on the field and do weights in the same place has made it a lot easier to get through our days," says second-rower Tohu Harris.

Whether the pandemic forces them to stay for 3-6 months remains to be seen, but the club is taking a positive view. 

"If you put it in perspective and you think how other people in the world have been affected, and you see where we're staying and the lifestyle we're provided with, we're very lucky," Brown says.

The Kiwi outfit are full of optimism heading into the new campaign, with a new coach and seven fresh faces to take the NRL by storm. 

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