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


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Watch: 'We love him' - Eric Rush pays tribute to 'great' Jonah Lomu at unveiling of All Blacks legend's headstone

Former All Blacks player Eric Rush made a touching tribute to All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu in Auckland today during his headstone unveiling.

Rush played alongside Lomu in the New Zealand Sevens side as well as the All Blacks.

The 53-year-old made a special speech to his former teammate saying people forget how great a player Lomu was.

Lomu died suddenly in November 2015, today his family and rugby luminaries were present at the unveiling. Source: 1 NEWS

"In the last three years I've watched the videos a few times and we forget how great he was as a rugby player," said Rush.

"He was a very unique rugby player and that is what we love him for but everybody here knows him off the rugby field as well and that’s why we are all here today.

"Just seen the tries he scored, people don't score those tries today."

Jonah Lomu's former team mate and friend promised to "take the mickey" at Eden Park. Source: 1 NEWS

Rush poked fun of his former teammates who were at the ceremony saying they all felt the force of Lomu when playing against him.

"Josh Kronfeld is here, he had a lot of impact from Jonah Lomu. Waisake Sotutu he had a lot of impact from Jonah Lomu and even Martin Stanley over here," he said.

"Luckily for us we played with more often than we played against him."

Lomu was born on 12 May 1975 and died on November 18 2015. He played 63 Tests for the All Blacks.

Rush, a former All Black, said Lomu was an amazing athlete and person at the unveiling of his headstone in Auckland. Source: 1 NEWS


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Five things we learned about All Blacks' first Test match against France

The All Blacks will only get better after a rusty first half against France at Eden Park in Auckland, with the men in black going onto to thump the French 52-11 in their first Test.

1. The bench gives maximum impact

Rugby is, as you know, now a 23-man game. Exhibit A: the All Blacks on June 9, 2018. The French were holding fast at 11-all after 50 minutes.

The duo starred off the bench in the 52-11 win over France at Eden Park. Source: 1 NEWS

Granted, there was a contentious yellow card which dented their hopes, but what about the impact of men like Damian McKenzie, Ngani Laumape and George 'Karl' Tu'inukuafe?

McKenzie ran like the wind, Laumape ran like a bulldozer and the latter, just three months after making his fulltime pro debut on this same ground, melted the French tighthead at his first scrum. Tu’inukuafe has started just two of his 17 games for North Harbour. He might be running out in the No 1 jersey for his province instead of 17 or 18 now.

2. The pack will only get better

The All Blacks came away 52-11 winners in dominant style at Eden Park. Source: 1 NEWS

The signs are ominous for the French. Minus Read, Coles and Retallick – all the best in the world in their respective positions – and with five players underdone, the All Blacks pack will be the better for the run.

Sam Cane gained some priceless minutes, and Liam Squire muscled up with admirable vigour. Codie Taylor and Scott Barrett continued their Crusaders' form. Luke Whitelock was, as ever, industrious. They should all be better for it this weekend.

Barrett shone as the All Blacks swept France 52-11 at Eden Park.
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3. Beauden Barrett is not bad off his left foot

We know Beauden Barrett has a wide skillset but, while he often uses his left boot, seldom has it been so effective as it was on Saturday night.

Channelling his inner Colin Slade, he ripped off a 40m clearance on his weaker foot, and then uncorked a pinpoint accurate left foot grubber for Codie Taylor to score.

Class. There are those who would have you believe Barrett is not a solid, authoritative test match No 10. Nonsense. His goalkicking radar, while slightly off on some wide-angled conversions, has been accurate most of the season.

4. The intercept try is still in vogue

Despite some over-zealous rulings around the intent of a player going for the intercept, and thus possibly incurring a yellow card, the intercept try is still not out of vogue.

A prime poacher such as Jean de Villiers would have smiled at the fact that there were at least three intercepts at Eden Park, two resulting in tries, to wings Remy Grosso and Rieko Ioane. Jordie Barrett also threw a pass that was intercepted when a try was very much on.

5. Kick at your peril to the back three

The All Blacks coach is confident there's more to come from his side, despite a 52-11 win over France.
Source: 1 NEWS

The All Blacks have an embarrassment of riches in the back three, especially when the in-form Julian Savea cannot even crack the squad.

So what you do not to do is kick down their throat, because they will swing their counter-attack into operation. That much was highlighted in the second spell when a loose French clearance was gathered in centre field and swung right.

Three crisp, swift passes, classic passing to width. Hooker Codie Taylor delivered the last pass to Ben Smith for the try. Text-book, clinical, counter-attacking rugby.

The All Blacks coach is confident there's more to come from his side, despite a 52-11 win over France. Source: 1 NEWS