No boot camp for the All Blacks

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James Mortimer     20 May 2013     Getty Images

As 38 players, minus the Highlanders contingent, came together at Mount Maunganui yesterday, more time was spent getting players used to the All Blacks environment.

Head coach Steve Hansen said it was important for new players to come together, mixing with the more experienced Test players - of which there are 28 capped in total - and getting a chance for new blood to see what it is all about.

With ten new faces, once again Hansen has ensured that plenty of fresh talent is integrating with the team.

While Investec Super Rugby continues to operate, Hansen said it was crucial that there wasn't player overload.

"We only give them one thing to think about because we know they've got to go back and play themselves (for their franchises)" he said.

"So if we can give them an idea of how we want to play and they can get the guts of that, we can quietly jog through it rather than running around like mad chooks."

He said there would be no overload physically either, with Crusaders and Blues players, who were in action Saturday night, having time off from the gym.

However Chiefs and Hurricanes players did go through a light training run.

"It's not a boot camp, you can't do that," Hansen confirmed.

"We've got a responsibility to the players and the coaches that they can go home and play on Saturday. So boot camp would be a waste of time."