All Blacks train at University of Bath

23 November 2010

New Zealand’s mighty All Blacks warmed up for their final autumn international with a training session at the University of Bath today (Tuesday).

It’s the second time the All Blacks have trained at the University of Bath following an earlier visit four years ago.

Victory over Wales in Saturday’s clash at the Millennium Stadium would give the All Blacks a remarkable seventh consecutive European tour clean sweep since Graham Henry became the team’s coach.

Darren Shand, All Blacks team manager, said: “We knew that the facilities here are at the top end, and having the option of training indoors or outdoors is always good for us.”

Aaron James, University of Bath head rugby coach, said it was fabulous for his coaching team and some of the players to have the opportunity to watch the All Blacks training and meet members of the All Blacks management team.

He said: “They loved the facilities here. It was a terrific opportunity to find out more about how the All Blacks train.”

The All Blacks took part in a training session in the main sports hall at the Sports Training Village before heading out to train on one of the rugby pitches, ending their session with a swim in the 50m pool.

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