Goodhue keen to get among Cup action

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Still to make his Cup debut, Goodhue hasn't played since suffering a hamstring injury in the Bledisloe Cup/Rugby Championship Test against Australia in Perth in early August.

 

"It was a hamstring injury that just seemed to drag out but it's feeling really good now," he said.

 

"I just want to get out there and play and I guess it's more about the mental side of things where you haven't played in a while, prepping and doing everything you can to get your mindset right.

 

"We're trying to build off the performance that we did against South Africa and we've just got to keep on developing our game and doing what we need to do," Goodhue said.

 

Second five-eighths Sonny Bill Williams said the extended time between the South Africa and Canada games had been nice, not so much in the gym or at training but to put in some hard work that would hopefully put them in good stead by the end of the tournament.

 

Playing in his third World Cup he remembered the 2011 game against Canada had been a tough contest, it was his first World Cup and it was his second start and he had been excited about it.

 

If he gets the chance to play on Wednesday he would be feeling the same way, he said.

 

Williams said fellow midfielder Goodhue was a physical player but skilful as well.

 

"He's been out for a while but he hasn't lost any confidence so if he gets his shot I'm sure he'll do well," he said.

 

Williams said he had been through a couple of tough years due to injuries but felt he had still been able to make a contribution when getting onto the field and had performed to his own standards.

 

"I don't put any unnecessary pressure on myself, I just go out there and back myself and look to enjoy myself and that's what I'm doing," he said.

 

Being in his third World Cup campaign with the All Blacks, he said he felt he was a lot more relaxed and probably 'a bit more grateful' and trying to enjoy the ride.

 

"There was probably stages in the last few years, even the last year when I didn't think I would be here right now so I try and have that gratitude aspect every day and then just go out and enjoy playing with some of the best players in the world and being in Japan and enjoying it," he said.

 

Goodhue said Williams was composed on the field and he tried to run off his shoulder to 'pick up the plums'.

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