Brodie Retallick Rugby World Cup: All Blacks ready to get this show on the road

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The coach has learned a thing or two from his roles with Wales and the All Blacks.

Now it’s time to get this All Blacks show on the road.

With Saturday’s 92-7 romp against Tonga under their belts, the men in black left Hamilton for Auckland on Sunday, ready and eager for a Monday morning flight to Japan which starts their journey to what they hope will be a third consecutive World Cup crown.

Coach Steve Hansen said all players pulled up well following the 14-try demolition at FMG Stadium Waikato, with lock Brodie Retallick set to be the only one unavailable for selection for New Zealand’s big opening pool game against South Africa in Yokohama on September 21, as he continues his recovery from a dislocated shoulder and targets the knockout phase of the tournament.

Brodie Retallick All Blacks captain Kieran Read and coach Steve Hansen will now set their sights on winning New Zealand an historic three successive World Cup titles.

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All Blacks captain Kieran Read and coach Steve Hansen will now set their sights on winning New Zealand an historic three successive World Cup titles.

Sam Cane, Richie Mo’unga, Rieko Ioane, Sonny Bill Williams and Jack Goodhue all sat out the Tonga test with minor injuries, while Hansen said Dane Coles’ absence was due to minutes management and no niggle.

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The 23 who did take the park revelled in a spring afternoon jaunt, which, in the end, the coach conceded they would have appreciated being a bit more challenging.

“We would have liked it to have been a little tougher, but at the end of the day we organised a game so we could get some time as a unit in a match-like situation, and we got all of that,” Hansen said.

“And I thought the boys played particularly well, they were sharp, they were clear in what they were trying to do, an

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