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Nudie run guide: ’Be proud of getting it all out’

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NO player truly enjoys pre-season training but it’s a lap at the other end of the year they fear running the most.

With just one round left in the regular competition, there are precisely 129 players who have played first grade this season but failed to cross the white stripe.

For eight teams, their men are just 80 minutes away from the dreaded nudie run.

Some have only played one or two games in the top grade so may be spared. Others don’t have that excuse.

Certain teams are known to count the tries scored in reserve grade or the NYC to get some of their players off the duck.

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For the eight teams involved in the finals, their men live to fight another day.

The Roosters are one of those sides and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves is one of those players.

The enforcer did the dreaded run last season after failing to score and with time running short for him to add his name to the try scorers list in 2017, it’s something the prop admits to thinking about quite regularly.

Jared Waerea-Hargreaves makes a break to set up a try.

“It’s pretty hard not to think about it when you get reminded every day from all the outside backs,” Waerea-Hargreaves told foxsports.com.au.

“Robbo gets into it and all the guys that score the tries — Ferguson, Latrell — they get into us boys in the middle.

“There’s only about three of us boys in the middle who have scored all year. I’m going to blame Jason Taylor because he’s our attacking coach.”

When it comes to the nudie run, generally it’s the forwards who’ll cop it.

The defending premiers, Cronulla, have Chris Heighington, Jeremy Latimore, Joseph Paulo and Sam Tagataese yet to score this season.

Heighington has run the nudie in two of his past three seasons at the Sharks.

He’s not alone there.

At the Roosters the likes of Dylan Napa, Kane Evans, Nat Butcher and Zane Tetevano are middles yet to cross the stripe.

Anticipating the inevitable, Waerea-Hargreaves has words of wisdom for any player to embark on their naked and likely chilly journey in the coming weeks.

Jared Waerea-Hargreaves of the Roosters looks on.

“There’s a few rules and regulations the boys will have to abide by,” he said.

“Usually we do a lap around Allianz Stadium. It depends where we are. If it’s inside it’s inside or it could be outdoors.

“You’ve got to be proud of getting it all out there and doing it to the best of your ability. It’s cold at that time of the year so you want to try and do it as fast as you can. It’s quite funny.”

In 2015 Waerea-Hargreaves scored two tries but after enjoying Mad Monday festivities, he admits to joining in on the run.

Having scored nine tries throughout his nine seasons in the top grade, the nudie run is something the 28-year-old has come to embrace.

“I usually do it,” he confessed. “I’ve done it for so many years that I just continued doing it. It’s sort of become a habit.”

Here’s the list of every player on the nudie:

SEA EAGLES

Billy Bainbridge

Cameron Cullen

Addin Fonua-Blake

Jarrad Kennedy

Darcy Lussick

Kelepi Tanginoa

SHARKS

Adam Clydsdale

Chris Heighington

Jeremy Latimore

Joseph Paulo

Sam Tagataese

Tony Williams

STORM

Slade Griffin

Tui Kamikamica

Vincent Leuluai

Jordan McLean

Nate Myles

Mark Nicholls

Robbie Rochow (8 games for Rabbitohs)

Christian Welch

Jesse Bromwich

Jesse Bromwich of the Storm runs the ball.

TIGERS

Matthew Eisenhuth

JJ Felise

Tim Grant

Jamal Idris

Jack Littlejohn

Kyle Lovett

Bayley Sironen

Alex Twal

TITANS

Morgan Boyle

Jamal Fogarty

Max King

John Olive

Agnatius Paasi

Nathan Peats

Nathaniel Peteru

Eddy Pettybourne

Dan Sarginson

Ryan Simpkins

Jarrod Wallace

ROOSTERS

Lindsay Collins

Mitch Cornish

Kane Evans

Dylan Napa

Victor Radley

Chris Smith

Zane Tetevano

Jared Waerea-Hargreaves

Nat Butcher

RAIDERS

Shannon Boyd

Erin Clark (one game for Warriors)

Royce Hunt

Jeff Lima

Dunamis Lui

Clay Priest

Scott Sorensen

Dave Taylor

Kurt Baptiste

Dave Taylor of the Raiders is tackled.

RABBITOHS

Dean Britt (one NRL game for the Storm)

George Burgess

Thomas Burgess

Anthony Cherrington

Jason Clark

Jack Gosiewski

Campbell Graham

Luke Kelly

Zane Musgrove

Kyle Turner

David Tyrrell

PANTHERS

Sione Katoa

Moses Leota

James Fisher-Harris

Bryce Cartwright

Tim Browne

Sitaleki Akauola

DRAGONS

Leeson Ah Mau

Jai Field

Blake Lawrie

Jake Marketo

Will Matthews

Hame Sele

COWBOYS

John Asiata

Sam Hoare

Patrick Kaufusi

Kyle Laybutt

Blake Leary

Patrick Mago

Matthew Scott

Ray Thompson

Enari Tuala

Braden Uele

Shane Wright

KNIGHTS

Jack Cogger

Josh King

Mickey Paea

Dylan Phythian

Josh Starling

Anthony Tupou

Luke Yates

EELS

Nathan Davis

Ken Edwards

Cameron King

Suaia Matagi

Rory O’Brien

Frank Pritchard

Peni Terepo

Cameron King of Parramatta runs with the ball.

BULLDOGS

Greg Eastwood

Asipeli Fine

Craig Garvey

Sam Kasiano

Andy Saunders

Aiden Tolman

Francis Tualau

BRISBANE

Jai Arrow

Adam Blair

George Fai

Jamayne Isaako

Tevita Pangai Junior

Jaydn Su’a

Travis Waddell

WARRIORS

James Bell

Charlie Gubb

Jacob Lillyman

Mason Lino

Sam Lisone

Ligi Sao

Chris Satae

Jazz Tevaga

Albert Vete

Originally published as Nudie run guide: ’Be proud of getting it all out’

Source: sports dailytelegraph

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