Video: Sonny Bill Williams back at All Blacks training 12 days after surgery on right knee

The All Blacks were back on the training paddock today in Wellington, with star midfielder Sonny Bill Williams running freely 12 days after having knee surgery.

Williams is unlikely to play in this weekend's second Test against France.

But the cross-code star is expected to be available for next week's third Test against France in Dunedin.

The cross-code star is expected to available for NZ’s third Test against France in Dunedin. Source: 1 NEWS


'You've gotta make it your own' - Luke Whitelock on struggle of keeping Kieran Read out of All Blacks side

All Blacks number eight Luke Whitelock has revealed his mindset during the current series against France, tasked with the almighty job of keeping captain Kieran Read out of the side.

Whitelock, 27, was named at number eight for last week's opening Test against France, as Read continues his return from back surgery at the end of the 2017 season.

Speaking to media in Wellington this afternoon, Whitelock revealed the challenge of deputising for the All Blacks' captain.

Yet to return from back surgery, Read still put in the hard yards this morning. Source: 1 NEWS

"At the end of the day, I've just got to be the best that I can be," he said.

"Obviously Kieran is coming back from an injury, I guess when you do get an opportunity, you've got to try and take it with both hands, and try and make it your own."

Read has been training with the All Blacks during their current camp, hoping to return to Super Rugby for the Crusaders once their season resumes later this month.

The number eight is filling in at the back of the scrum for the regular captain against France. Source: 1 NEWS



Watch: Shannon Frizell joins the party as All Blacks forwards take part in devastating leg work out

All Blacks rookie Shannon Frizell got stuck into leg day with his new teammates, as the men in black hit the gym in Wellington this morning.

Frizell, 24, is in the All Blacks squad for the first time, as he, hooker Nathan Harris and prop Joe Moody all took part in some serious squats.

Flanker Sam Cane did buck the trend however, having a go with some front squats instead.

The All Blacks will continue their three-Test series with France at Wellington's Westpac Stadium on Saturday night.

They lead the series 1-0 after the weekend's first-up victory. 

The All Blacks' big men certainly weren’t skipping leg day in Wellington. Source: 1 NEWS