The All Blacks will be the most experienced team at this
World Cup in terms of test caps, but Brodie Retallick, a
player who seems to have been around for a decade, is, like
the majority of the squad, about to attend one for the first
Twelve players who failed to make the 31-man World Cup squad
have one-on-one meetings with the All Black coaches in
Wellington tomorrow, who will push them through their
emotional pain barrier so they are ready if called on during
Colin Slade sent New Zealand's anxiety levels rising with a
minor knee problem, but for him and the rest of the All
Blacks, yesterday's first training session of the World Cup
squad was notable for an improvement in focus and quality.
There may have been some hand-wringing over some of the All
Blacks' selections for the Rugby World Cup squad, but the
selectors have produced a squad with ample experience to
compete on the biggest stage.