Midfielder Sonny Bill Williams, who was a part of the 2011 campaign and has played in a Rugby League World Cup, had plenty of advice for the newer squad members.
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Hansen has retained the same backline from the side that defeated the Wallabies in Auckland in Bledisloe II, inside-centre Ma’a Nonu taking another step towards 100 Tests with his 98th appearance in the black jersey.
The brothers are formidable and their reputation precedes them, as the two props did not deny a rumour that they could lift a tractor – each.
Their World Cup history was highlighted four years ago when they led Argentina 7-5 at half-time before slipping to a 25-7 loss.
“This (the World Cup trip) is a great experience for them”. “Just being in the line – those pains go very quickly – you just get up and move on so the guys aren’t doubling up for my lack of being there”.
The aging core of a South Africa side that was successful back in 2007, along with emerging youngsters like Jesse Kriel and Handre Pollard, will, of course, also be there and much as they’d like to in Ireland, one should never take the French challenge lightly.
It’s something the Franks brothers relish, as veterans of the dark arts of the front row, but they admit it can take them days to recover.
“We aren’t focused on the rest of the group, only Argentina at the moment”, he said.
The All Blacks opening game is against Argentina at Wembley on Sunday.
Despite being blown off the park earlier in the year in their Christchurch Test match in the Rugby Championship, the Pumas identified areas of concern for the All Blacks with Argentina’s hooker Agustin Creevy scoring two tries through an impressive well-constructed rolling maul.
Recovering from an ear infection, Irish rugby legend Tony Ward said the level of expectation was at an all-time high – and deservedly so – as Ireland prepares for the World Cup, with the first match against Canada.