Light session for All Blacks at training camp

EVAN PEGDEN
Last updated 20:24 19/05/2013
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ALL GOOD: All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says there is no conflict with Super Rugby.

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It was all indoors and mostly non-physical on the opening day of the first All Blacks wider training group camp in Mt Maunganui today.

With the Highlanders in South Africa and the Crusaders and Blues exempted from the gym work, having played the previous night, it was all fairly low key as the All Blacks selectors went over game plans with players for next month's three-test series against France.

The aim was bring players up to speed, not overload them physically at the business end of Super Rugby, with the 14 Chiefs and Hurricanes members of the training group the only ones to do any work in the gym, having had more time to recover from their clash in Wellington on Friday night.

''If we can get them an idea of how we want to play and they can get the guts of it then we can quietly jog through it rather than run around like made chooks,'' All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen said.

They were also careful not to overload them mentally.

''We've only given them one thing to think about because we know they've got to go back and play [for their Super Rugby teams] themselves.''
Hansen was quick to point out that they were not in conflict with Super Rugby franchises in running the two training camps.

''This is a joint Super Rugby and All Black decision and in fact the Super coaches made the decision to have the camps. They get three months preparation time,'' he said.

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