Promising news on the injury front for the All Blacks

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"Tyrel and Shannon have been doing team training, not 100 per cent. Jordie has been jumping in bits and pieces when he can. But we are looking forward to those guys being available. Hopefully they will be by the time that Italy game comes around."

Speaking about the inside-back combination of halfback Cam Roigard and first five-eighths Damian McKenzie, McLeod said, "Damian found some good space and ran. Cam Roigard gave him some really good service as well, gave him that time and ability to play and see that space. They combined well.

"What stuck out for me is that he [Roigard] seems to have so much time on the ball. It almost goes in slow motion for him, and he's not rushed. He makes good decisions and executes in those moments.

"For McKenzie's try, where he made that line-break, he assessed what was happening and changed the angle, left the ball in the space. Whether that is down to his speedway experience and going fast with everything in danger moments. He looks quite comfortable."

Namibia's coach, Allister Coetzee, reported injured second five-eighths Le Roux Malan was operated on for a fracture and dislocation of his ankle during the game.

"What was very good, and I hope it will help in a way, is the gesture from the All Blacks to hand him a signed jersey, a number 12 jersey signed by the whole team.

"It says a lot about the sportsmanship of this World Cup, and it's a good gesture from the All Blacks.

"That is not just saying the ethos and the culture and the values of rugby, but actually living and feeling it. That to me is unbelievable of the All Blacks to do something like that."

Denying Namibia a try was a point of pride for the All Blacks in their 71-3 win said McLeod.

Namibia's three points resulted from a penalty when the tackler couldn't extract himself, which they continued to work on.

"The most pleasing thing was that we were able to turn the ball over. We found ways to do that, which we have to be strong on,” McLeod said.

"Referees are looking really hard at that breakdown area, and we can't afford to give away penalties that are kickable, or penalties full stop."


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