Tuesday, November 04, 2008

All Blacks prepare to take on Scotland

http://www.3news.co.nz/Video/Sports/tabid/317/articleID/78454/cat/71/Default.aspx#video All Blacks prepare to take on Scotland
Tue, 04 Nov 2008 06:10p.m.

The All Blacks have arrived in Edinburgh for Sunday mornings test against Scotland. As they look to secure their third grand slam against the home unions, the first job for the all Blacks upon arriving was to acclimatise to the early Scottish winter.

"It was quite warm in Hong Kong, we spent last night in London and got out here and it was pretty chilly," All Blacks prop John Afoa said. "It reminded the boys of home."

If Afoa is passed fit again he could be among the number of changes expected to the team to face Scotland.
"Hopefully we can play well and raise our performance from Hong Kong because we were a bit rusty," All Blacks assistant coach Wayne Smith said.

The side wasted little time getting on the training field, as they prepared to play a team they appear to know little or nothing about. Coach Graham Henry certainly appeared more concerned than his players but Scotland are the weakest of the grand slam opponents. The match will provide the perfect opportunity for Joe Rokocoko to play his first test since last years ill-fated World Cup.

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