I’ve just completed my first week with the Wallabies as the Australian Rugby Union’s official World Cup photographer.
My job is to visually document Australia’s (hopefully successful) quest to win rugby’s holy grail and I’ve just covered the squad’s Captain’s Run at Chicago’s Soldier Field on the eve of their one-off Test against the USA.
Tomorrow we return to the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, for another week of training before flying to the UK for the tournament proper.
I’ll be posting the visual highlights on a weekly basis, so check back in seven days for another update.
Back rower Sean McMahon poses in front of Notre Dame's 'Word of Life' mural, better known as Touchdown Jesus.
Vice captain Michael Hooper.
Winger Joe Tomane.
The air up there - locks Rob Simmons and Dean Mumm.
Quade Cooper lets a pass fly during a session at Notre Dame.
Prop Toby Smith cools down during the unseasonal Indiana heat and humidity.
Lock and maul specialist Will Skelton in action. The big fella has been putting in some serious fitness work in the heat.
Assistant coach Nathan Grey - diving like a champion.
Winger Adam Ashley-Cooper takes flight during a recovery session at Notre Dame's Rolfs Aquatic Centre.
Anyone guess the player? Ladies?
Hooker James Hanson participating in 'active recovery'.
Scrum coach Mario Ledesma gets a worm's eye view during a session with the forwards.
Flanker David Pocock assists prop Sekope Kepu in wardrobe.
Back rower Sean McMahon - this guy will be world class once he learns to pilfer a bit more possession at the breakdown.
Utility back Matt Giteau tries his hand as an American Football playmaker after training at Notre Dame.
.... and is pretty happy with the results.
Winger Adam Ashley-Cooper - the wide receiver.
Soldier Field, from the nose-bleed section.
Toby Smith and Scott Sio pose in front of Notre Dame's famous Golden Dome.
Hooker James Hanson throws to Kane Douglas at Soldier Field.
Prop Sekope Kepu limbers up at Soldier Field.
Lock Kane Douglas in front of a Wallaby, not a koala bear, at Soldier Field.
Hands in at the end of the Captain's Run in Chicago.
Lock Rob Simmons in action at Soldier Field, the home to NFL franchise, the Chicago Bears.
NSW winger Taqele Naiyaravoro is hoping his trademark try celebration will get a run in Saturday's Test against the USA.
Assistant coaches Nathan Grey (centre) and Stephen Larkham watch head coach Michael Cheika employ the old toe-poke goal-kicking method.
The Wallabies construct a very uneven line of scrimmage.