Brodie Retallick All Blacks replace cancelled Rugby World Cup match with intense in-house game

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Just because the All Blacks’ last Rugby World Cup pool match against Italy was cancelled, that doesn’t mean the players are kicking back and passing the time with a hot bowl of ramen or a round of golf.

Instead, the boys put their all into Friday’s training session by hosting their own in-house Rugby World Cup game.

Training at Arcs Urayasu Park in Aichi, Japan, on Friday, some players didn’t take it easy against their new opposition, their teammates.

Brodie Retallick Ben Smith ran through drills during a New Zealand training session at the Arcs Urayasu Park.

Hannah Peters

Ben Smith ran through drills during a New Zealand training session at the Arcs Urayasu Park.

Ahead of the in-house clash, utility back Ben Smith told media these kinds of games aren’t easy.

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Brodie Retallick Just because the All Blacks' last Rugby World Cup pool match against Italy was cancelled, that doesn't mean the players were kicking back and enjoying a hot bowl of ramen or round of golf pass the time.

Hannah Peters

Just because the All Blacks’ last Rugby World Cup pool match against Italy was cancelled, that doesn’t mean the players were kicking back and enjoying a hot bowl of ramen or round of golf pass the time.

“They’re pretty full on to be fair and I remember before the last World Cup, we had

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