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Monday, November 30, 2009

All Blacks dirt trackers to be let loose against the ' Barbarians' on Saturday

All Blacks's "dirt trackers" to be let loose on Saturday...

No lack of motivation for the All Blacks for their season finale against the Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday

The All Blacks' "dirt trackers" are poised to be let loose on the Barbarians in their season finale at Twickenham on Sunday, with the team predicted to mirror the one that beat Italy in Milan.

Halfback Brendon Leonard says motivation will not be an issue for him, despite the end of the season being a mere six days away. He says the lure of the black jersey remains just as strong, irrespective of the time of year. Leonard is set to come up against arguably the world's best number nine in South Africa's Fourie du Preez, who is one of nine Springboks in the Barbarians 22 man squad.

Prop Wyatt Crockett is eyeing some on-field redemption on Sunday after being at the centre of the scrum fiasco in Milan, which led Paddy O'Brien to slam the referee and the Italian front row.

"It was a huge learning experience and if selected I'm looking forward to getting out there, putting those things I've learnt into action and combating any of that sort of scrummaging"

Crockett says this weekend is a chance for the players chosen to do their talking on the field.

It has been a fairly slow start to the week with the team holding its Monday recovery session at Hyde Park, which is currently the site of a carnival-like ?Winter Wonderland? including an ice skating rink. There has been no word at this stage on whether any of the All Blacks were game enough or permitted to slap on the skates.

Tony Woodcock?s eye gouging allegations appear consigned to history with the 48 hour period for any citing now passed.

These players are the second string development players within this year's All Black squad and should create some excitement in the AB's only non-test match on tour. There should be some great running rugby as displayed in the AB's demolition against France last Saturday.

Acknowledgements: NZCity, NewsTalkZB


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