All Blacks punch up at training suggests how hurt they are

The All Blacks are preparing for the final test with huge intensity.

It is no great secret that sometimes punches are thrown between team mates in sometimes heated training sessions. Indeed many former players have spoken about it publicly and suggest it’s positive for teams.

Former England stars Josh Lewsey and Danny Cipriani came to blows at Wasps training in 2009 and culminating in Cipriani being knocked out. At the time, Lawrence Dallaglio said that this is good for fly half’s

“We don’t need to overreact to this. Scuffles and dust-ups happen in rugby. It shows there is an edge in training.”

One can only imagine the intensity both the Lions and the All Blacks are training at this week with the test series level and heading for Saturday’s winner takes all encounter.

Reports have emerged to suggest that it has gotten to the point of punch ups in the New Zealand camp with Sky Sports pundit and ex All Black Sean Fitzpatrick saying

“I’ve spoken to one of the selectors earlier in the week and he said there’s been a couple of little punch ups at training, he likes that sort of thing.”

One would have to think from these sort of reports, that Steve Hansen’s men look like they will bing another level of intensity to the test match on Saturday, making the already difficult task of beating them in Eden Park a whole lot more difficult.

For the Lions, head coach Warren Gatland has suggested that their training is also intense leading up to the third test saying.

“We had a tasty session today. There were some verbals thrown. It was a bit testy.”

Obviously it’s a plus that their sessions are heated to but the fact its not to the level of the All blacks could indicate the Lions will find it very hard to come out with only the second ever series win in New Zealand.

All things considered, it promises to be an epic Saturday morning.

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