Ben Smith ‘Full on’ All Blacks to play each other after game canceled

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With the Italy game canceled because of Typhoon Hagibis, the All Blacks are going to have a crack at each other instead.

Maybe to save from getting a wee bit bored.

The players will have a full-contact practice match, utility back Ben Smith said on Friday, to stay sharp after losing the chance to do that against Italy in Toyota on Saturday.

Smith said it’s pretty memorable when the All Blacks go at each other in a training game.

“They’re pretty full on to be fair and I remember before the last World Cup, we had a game in Auckland like that,” Smith said. “They got a referee in for that game.

“When you’ve got Dane Coles and the likes of Brodie Retallick and those kind of players, there’s always going to be a bit of niggle. But that’s always good.”

New Zealand has had a couple of long breaks at this Rugby World Cup.

The defending champions banked some hard practice during a 10-day gap between their first two pool games in Japan. Because of the Italy cancella

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