Training week in Oita crucial for All Blacks

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That wouldn't allow a lot of time for training between the two games so it was important to make the most of a game-free week in Oita, he said.

 

"This week Steve [Hansen] has laid out that it is going to be a pretty tough week so there'll be a lot of hard work going in so some boys may be doing some personal bests this week," he said.

 

Opposed training runs could get intense because everyone wanted to be playing and were fighting for spots.

 

"But at the same time we're all working towards the same thing. To achieve that, you've got to make training as hard as you possibly can and the more you're tested there the better prepared you are for the game.

 

"They [trainings] get willing and we get put under immense pressure there and tested but I guess it's all designed to allow us, come game day, to be as prepared as we can be and able to execute under the pressure you get," he said.

Todd said he was fully recovered from a stinger in the shoulder he had suffered at training last week.

 

It hadn't been easy watching the All Blacks' opening game with South Africa, a game everyone wanted to be involved in. But it had been a good start by the side and had given them a good base to work on.

 

"Now we're down here we can put in some more good work this week. When we reviewed that game, although we had a good win there was still plenty of stuff we can improve on and need to get better with so I guess that's the most exciting bit," he said.

 

Commenting on fellow loose forward Ardie Savea's form in 2019, Todd said, "He's found out exactly what works for him, he tries to play no one else's game, he knows his strength, obviously great athleticism, he utilises that well and he's got a massive engine on him. So he's involved in the game so much so he can have impact across a game in so many different areas.

 

"You saw at the weekend, at crucial times winning crucial turnovers, making big plays for the team. When he carries he fights for every last inch. He's certainly started the tournament well and hopefully he can continue like that.

 

"He fights for everything, and he's powerful and refuses to go down. He gets you on that go-forward and momentum," he said.

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