Keeping ahead of the pack priority for All Blacks

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James Mortimer     22 May 2013     Getty Images

The first session has not been physically intensive.

The first day (on Sunday) the Blues and the Crusaders had leave from physical activity as they continued to recover from their intense Investec Super Rugby derby.

There has been a fair amount of gym work, but it has been for the All Blacks coaching staff to get a "good look" at all players for the first time.

Key for the camp is filtering game plans and tactics that will be used by the World Champions against their first 2013 opponent - 2011 Rugby World Cup runners up France.

The current number one ranked team, whose innovations and strategies have kept them by and large at rugby's peak, will need to make sure they are not standing still.

They will be mindful of their last loss against England, where post match members of the English side, from coaches to players, said they had predicted a fair amount of All Blacks tactics.

Whether or not this is the case, it was something not far from the All Blacks minds.

All Blacks number eight Kieran Read said to ONE News it was important to keep moving forward.

"You've got to be innovative and continue to change your game," he said.

"So there's a few little things that we'll tweak from what we've done in previous years."

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has spent the first part of the year not only going through who will feature in his maiden official squad of the year, but watching what tactics have been used both in Super Rugby and in competitions in the North.