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


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Watch: What the? Akira Ioane, Vaea Fifita take part in bizarre All Blacks core workout

All Blacks flankers Vaea Fifita and Akira Ioane took part in a head-scratcher of an exercise during the team's gym session this morning, in preparation for this week's Test against Wales in Cardiff.

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

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

The pair put their outstretched heads onto a bench, resting their bodyweight solely on their necks to give their cores a workout.

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


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All Blacks 'not the fearsome team we're used to' - ex-Wales captain says NZ far from their best

The current All Blacks side are not the force to be reckoned with that they once were, former Wales captain Gwyn Jones has said.

Ahead of this week's Test between New Zealand and Wales in Cardiff, the former captain has spoken about the supposed gap between the All Blacks and the rest of the rugby playing world closing in 2017.

At times this year, the All Blacks have looked far from their free-flowing best, having to grind out tough wins away to the likes of Argentina, France and Scotland - something Jones says can play into Wales' hands in Cardiff.

 "The All Blacks, if you look at the last 12 months, have lost three matches, they've drawn one, South Africa came within a point, and Scotland came within a pass (of victory)," Jones told the BBC.

"They're not the fearsome team we're used to seeing come over here and beat us.

"They're not the All Blacks who dismantle teams by 30 points and walk through a game," Jones said.

However, Jones went on to say that despite their supposed woes, the All Blacks are still in the box seat for victory on Sunday morning.

"They're still a fantastic team who play wonderful rugby and they'll be favourites because they are the best team on the planet."

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


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