All Blacks Coach Admits They “Haven’t Got The Ability” To Compete With England


New Zealand assistant coach Ian Foster believes the All Blacks “haven’t got the ability” to build a high-performance centre to rival England’s Pennyhill Park.

The All Blacks moved into England’s purpose-built camp in Bagshot on Monday, ahead of Saturday’s World Cup showdown with Australia.

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) reputedly spent £3million on the high-performance unit at Pennyhill Park for England’s World Cup bid.

Stuart Lancaster’s squad spent just 16 days of the tournament at their world-class headquarters though, leaving the All Blacks keen to size up the facilities.

“I’ve been to the Lensbury and enjoyed it but I haven’t been to Pennyhill so you may have to ask us tomorrow,” said New Zealand assistant boss Foster.

“I’ve heard it’s pretty posh but quite frankly it’s an external issue that doesn’t really make any difference.

“Hopefully I’m getting my point across that we’ve got a World Cup final on Saturday, and nothing else really matters than just us preparing well.

“So where we stay, the bed or the training field’s not really that important.”

South Africa and Argentina have already spent time in England’s second home, after the tournament hosts failed to progress from the group stages.

While the RFU are locked in their own tournament review that will determine head coach Lancaster’s future, the defending champions All Blacks will shortly be enjoying all Pennyhill Park’s creature comforts.

A specially-equipped gym boasts dumbbells as heavy as 85kgs, while motivational quotes from the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger adorn the walls.

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