Rugby World Cup 2019: All Blacks endure tough training sessions as wait for Canada goes on

The All Blacks are putting in some hard yards on the training field this week as they wait for their second Rugby World Cup match. 

Having beaten the Springboks 23-13 in their tournament opener on Saturday, the All Blacks are not back in action until Wednesday when they face Canada in Oita.

Following that match, they have a four-day break before facing Namibia in Tokyo. 

The squad is currently in Beppu where strength and conditioning coach Nic Gill has been keeping them on their toes with some intense training sessions. 

Halfback Aaron Smith says he is enjoying having time in between matches. 

"It's nice having a long turnaround. We had two weeks leading into the South Africa test, and lots of emotion and energy went into that test," he said. 

"It's great to get here where we can focus on ourselves and put in some hard work. Gill has been giving us a towelling up, and the boys are hungry to keep improving." 

Canada open their World Cup campaign against Italy on Thursday. 

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