All Blacks players will be taking part in a new training regime in the coming weeks, with the Rugby Football Union (RFU) confirming it will field a pack and a bag for the first time in 2017.
The All Blacks have played more than 400 games in the world and this year’s camp will feature the first-ever field session for players under the age of 25.
Players who have yet to make their first-team debuts for the All Blacks, such as James Horwill, have also been given a pack, with both the halves and the centres taking part.
“There is no specific training programme, but I think everyone can learn from each other and from our experience in the past,” said RFU chief executive Peter Burns.
“As we have seen with the All Black Test series in 2015 and 2016, players will learn a lot from each session.”
The RFU’s new pack and bin arrangement will see all the players’ legs and arms moved onto the field during training sessions, with a player wearing a full-length scrum cap on their own legs and a pack on top of their own shoulders.
The new kit, which will be used from next season, will feature a new shoulder and back padding to improve performance.
“We have a lot of work to do with this but there are lots of lessons to be learned from last year,” said Burns.
“It is very exciting to be able to play the game in a different way.”
Our players will not have to worry about being able to run, sprint or kick and we want them to be focused on the game and being successful.””
Burns said players had been asked to continue to improve their fitness levels throughout the training camp, which includes two-a-side sessions and 20-20s.””
The new design has given players the confidence to push themselves, and hopefully, this will help them achieve their full potential.”
Burns said players had been asked to continue to improve their fitness levels throughout the training camp, which includes two-a-side sessions and 20-20s.
“A lot of them have improved, and there is no doubt that there are players who can still improve,” he said.
“The new training sessions will provide the opportunity to get a better understanding of the game as well as the skills that players will need to excel at international level.”
I have always believed that the best players can improve the most, and this is a chance for all of us to help them do that.