Video: Dedicated Rieko Ioane keeps himself fit on the bike after tour-ending injury

All Blacks winger Rieko Ioane showed off his dedication to the black jersey in Cardiff this morning, training with the rest of his side despite being ruled out of this weekend's Test with Wales.

Ioane, 20, injured his shoulder in last week's win over Scotland in Edinburgh, ending his end of year tour.

However, instead of choosing to travel back to New Zealand to rest, the young winger has remained with the squad for the Cardiff Test match.

The youngster took part in a gym session with his teammates, putting in the hard yards on the bike alongside the likes of Anton Lienert-Brown, Ryan Crotty and Sonny Bill Williams.

The All Blacks' youngster still hit the gym this morning, after being ruled out of facing Wales. Source: 1 NEWS


'I enjoyed playing under him more' - Former Wales winger Shane Williams picks Gatland over Hansen

Former Wales winger Shane Williams has compared the coaching styles of Warren Gatland and All Blacks boss Steve Hansen, having played under both in his international career.

Williams, 40, was a key player for Wales during his international career, playing 87 Tests and scoring 58 tries.

The winger was a star for both coaches, with Hansen in charge of Wales from 2002 to 2004, while Gatland has been at the helm since 2007, winning a Six Nations title and reaching the 2011 World Cup semi-final.

Speaking to Wales Online, Williams made it clear that he prefers the methods of Gatland to the current All Blacks coach Hansen.

"I played my best rugby for Wales under Warren Gatland and I think the side we had in 2008 was a heck of a team," he said.

The All Blacks will meet Gatland's Wales side next week. Source: 1 NEWS

"Gats gave me a license to roam the field, have as many touches as possible and just try to influence proceedings as much as I could.

"In that sense, I enjoyed playing under him more."

However, Williams credited Hansen for helping him start his international career, teaching him how to meet the demands and standards of Test match rugby.

"I learned a lot more about myself under Steve Hansen. He sobered me up quickly in a metaphorical sense, making me realise what Test rugby involved.

"Basically, if I didn't improve my fitness and make certain improvements to my game, I wouldn't play. A heart-to-heart with him was like having cold water splashed in your face."

Both of Williams' former coaches will come head to head this weekend, when the All Blacks meet Wales in Cardiff on their Northern tour finale.



Watch: Vaea Fifita, Sam Cane don't skip leg day, deliver brutal set of front-squats

All Blacks duo Vaea Fifita and Sam Cane certainly didn't skip leg day at the team's gym session in Cardiff this morning, taking part in a gruelling set of front-squats.

The All Blacks' youngster still hit the gym this morning, after being ruled out of facing Wales. Source: 1 NEWS

Who knows what the back-row duo are up to here. Source: 1 NEWS

"It's a reminder that every team we come up against will hope to play the game of their lives," Sam Cane said. Source: 1 NEWS

The All Blacks coach wasn't in the mood to talk about Welsh coach. Source: 1 NEWS

The pair of flankers, both of whom started in the 22-17 win over Scotland last week and will most likely retain their places for the final Test of the year on Sunday, put in a mighty performance in the gym in preparation to face Wales.

The forwards are looking in fine shape ahead of this week's Test against Wales. Source: 1 NEWS