Read expects lively challenge from Canada

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Read said while it was some time, the World Cup in 2011, since the All Blacks had played Canada, he had watched footage from the Pacific Nations Cup and of their 7-48 loss to Italy earlier in the tournament.

 

"They're a side that are obviously pretty keen and want to play on the big stage, a guy like Tyler Ardron who is experienced in Super Rugby, he knows what it is to be at the top level. You can see a sprinkling in their side and they are going to be a bit excited and pumped up to play the All Blacks.

 

"We'll get a side that's pretty ready to play so we'll look forward to that," he said.

 

Read said having such a long break between their first two games had been good for the All Blacks as it allowed them to recover from the effort against South Africa and then they were able to do some physical work at training that they couldn't normally do in their usual Test routine.

 

"In the last couple of days we've gone back into our own routine and prepared for this game as for any other Test match so it's been good in that regard," he said.

 

While Canada were ranked well below New Zealand on the world standings, it was still a requirement that the All Blacks look to work their processes to sharpen themselves for later games in the tournament. It was about respecting the opposition while also developing combinations and confidence for the task ahead.

 

"As a captain we've got focuses we want to nail in this game and certainly you want to try and stay in as much structure as you can. But, if opportunities present themselves hopefully the guys can take them. In saying that, we certainly want to make sure we play within how we want to play and how we want to move forward in this tournament," he said.

 

Read said the side's decision to bow to fans after their first game against South Africa, an innovation taken up by other sides, had been the result of some research with teammates who had played in Japan and local people and it was their way to show the All Blacks' respect to the fans and thank them for their support.

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