IF A MILK bath was good enough for Cleopatra, it's good enough for the Pharaoh of Canberra - Raiders captain Terry Campese.
While the Egyptian's employed milk baths for their beautifying benefits, the Raiders skipper, who has been struggling with injury, chose a lactose-laden recovery session on Saturday by soaking in 300 litres of Canberra Milk's ice-cold Raiders Lime. With a little help from Canberra Stadium and Harvey Norman in Fyshwick, who chipped in by donating a bath for the unconventional photo request by the Sunday Canberra Times, the wounded warrior took the icy plunge as dozens of young fans coated their hero in the lime elixir.
''This better help my knee,'' Campese said as he stripped down and marinated in the re-released flavoured milk dedicated to the Raiders, which officially went on sale over the weekend. While the dairy dip was a chilly three degrees, Campese likened the experience to a sweet-tasting, post-match ice bath.
The last time Raiders Lime was stocked in deli and supermarket fridges, the Raiders won a premiership.
The kick-off to the new season may have been marred by on and off field dramas, but Campese is hopeful his baptism of lime milk can shake the hoodoo and reinstate the Raiders as the creme de la creme of the NRL this centenary year.
The five-eighth said he was glad to see Canberra Milk bringing back the milk and remembered drinking it growing up in Queanbeyan during the late '80s and early '90s. ''Everything was green back then. The milk, entire streets, I even remember seeing green sausages at the butcher shops,'' he told Fairfax Media.
Canberra Milk chief executive Gary Sykes said he was pleased with the reception the Raiders Lime revival has received.
''The flavour is Canberra, the Raiders are Canberra and we're Canberra,'' he said.
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