The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys have taken advantage of a session at one of the world’s leading sports science institutions on their trip to Canberra, ahead of Saturday's round 15 NRL clash with the Raiders.

The second-placed Cowboys spent Thursday afternoon at the Australian Institute of Sport's recovery centre after their long haul from Townsville, with unscheduled flight delays pushing back their arrival time in the nation’s capital by about 90 minutes.

Upon arriving at the Institute, the 22-strong Cowboys contingent – including returning State of Origin players Johnathan Thurston, Matt Scott, Michael Morgan and James Tamou – were put to work at the high-tech indoor running track, which is fitted with state-of-the-art motion capture technology along its length – followed by an icy dip in the recovery pools.

Cowboys head coach Paul Green said the club was grateful to the Institute for making the session possible, adding that proper recovery procedures were vital to his team being able to put out their best performances on the field.

“Getting to Canberra from Townsville is not easy, so access to these facilities is invaluable to us,” Green said.

The Cowboys have one more training session in Canberra before Saturday afternoon’s game.