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All Blacks’ hotel doubles as world-class training facility

The All Blacks have arrived in their plush hotel which also doubles as their training facility over the first two weeks of the Rugby World Cup.

The Lensbury hotel has first class training facilities that will become the All Blacks' base over the World Cup. Source: 1 NEWS

The Lensbury Hotel is situated in the south west of London, with rooms costing 215 pounds (NZ$523) per night, and has a first class training pitch that has been used by the England Sevens team in the past and will host the Springboks later in the tournament.

The advantage for the All Blacks here is clear. After spending nearly two hours travelling across the city today, they can finally get down to business.

“We were very thankful after that bus trip to walk two minutes across the road to the field,” All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster said.

Some teams have to drive from their hotel to the training ground. Not so for the All Blacks. Source: Breakfast

“I know Shandy (manager Darren Shand) and Steve (Hansen) did a lot of really good work earlier in the season and chose it for a reason and this time of the tournament, not having do a lot of travelling during the week I think is going to be a real bonus.”

The All Blacks have now finished their PR blitz and the focus now moves on to get ready for their World Cup opener against Argentina at Wembley on Monday (NZT).

“I would say boredom is the last thing on their mind right now. But are they fidgety? I guess we all are," Foster said.

“We just want to get into it. And the good thing now is that it’s the start of the Test week and we’ve got something to look forward to at the end of the week.”