All Blacks adopt an 'adjust and adapt' attitude

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All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said all teams knew that such an abandonment, whether for typhoons or earthquakes, could be a possibility well ahead of the tournament. Such a contingency had been part of their preparation.


"We just have to adapt and adjust, that's what you've got to do on the park and you have to do off the park sometimes," he said.


The adjustments required were: the players getting their heads around the fact they were not playing, the coaching group and the strength and conditioning group had to get their heads around the fact they weren't playing and to change the training accordingly.


"So instead of having a captain's run, we'll have a different kind of run," he said.


They would probably stay inside on Saturday and what they did on Sunday would be determined by what the weather allowed them to do and Monday they would be able to get back into getting ready for a quarterfinal.


With a typhoon at the level expected safety was the paramount requirement so the decision had been a 'no-brainer'.


Hansen said it wasn't disruptive from the All Blacks point of view and the only players who were really affected were lock Brodie Retallick and centre Jack Goodhue who needed time in the middle after recovering from injuries.

The All Blacks were looking at it as a positive.


"It now gives us more time to play against whomever it is we get in the quarterfinal and we just have to modify our training which we will do," he said.


They would try to replicate what was going to happen in their game on Saturday so it would be a decent training run [on Friday], he said.


Captain Kieran Read said coping with the abandonment wasn't so much of a challenge.


It was natural the players had wanted to play the game and it was sad because it was a World Cup game that would be missed out on by all the teams affected and the fans who wouldn't see a game.


"You just have to understand the safety reasons why it's been called off and we'll adapt and know we are in next week, for us that's a positive," Read said.

While it would be more than two weeks since he played against Canada, Read didn't think it would be a problem. The team had all trained together for a long time and they were good to go.


"It's got no bearing on how we turn up next week. We're excited by it," he said.


Read was confident they would have plenty of contact to meet their physical requirements in their Friday training run.


Hansen said it would be disappointing for teams who had a chance of making the playoffs if they were to miss out because of the abandonment and New Zealand had a lot of sympathy for those teams because they knew they would be disappointed if they were in the same situation.


He added that the tournament had been a marvellous event and he hoped it wouldn't be remembered for the weather affecting games.


"There's been some wonderful rugby played, there's been great support. I don't think I've seen any stadiums not just about full to capacity. It's always a risk at this time of year because of the typhoons but this is when we play the World Cup," he said.


While Japan and Scotland still had a chance of playing their game in Yokohama on Sunday, it still wasn't guaranteed, but Hansen was hopeful they would get to play because the pool which will affect who the All Blacks play in the quarterfinal was so interesting and it would be something positive out of a disappointing weekend.


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