All Blacks undaunted by virus

2012-11-30 19:32

London - New Zealand captain Richie McCaw says his players will be fighting fit to face England on Saturday, despite a virus having struck the All Blacks squad.

Several players were laid low by vomiting and diarrhoea prior to last weekend's 33-10 win over Wales and the virus had spread to 30 members of the 32-man squad by the middle of this week.

However, those who fell ill are now on the road to recovery and McCaw says it will not put them off their stride at Twickenham.

"The guys are coming right now. By yesterday (Thursday) most of us were feeling pretty good, bar a couple," he said on Friday.

"I had a bit of it myself but I feel pretty good today. It knocked the stuffing out of a few of the guys.

"For a day or so the boys didn't have a lot to eat and were a little ginger yesterday.

"From what I've seen and from myself, we're eating normally and energy levels are back up. Hopefully it won't take too much out of us.

"I know running round yesterday wasn't too bad considering and I feel a heap better today. It shouldn't affect us at all tomorrow."


  • Jimmy NZ - 2012-11-30 20:41

    One more game lads, end a fantastic season on a high! Go The All Blacks!!! - 2012-12-01 03:54

      Yea Jimmy, 1 more, then they achieve wot the springsucks only dream of doing!!! GO ALL MIGHTY ALL AWESOME WORLD CHAMPION ALL BLACKS!!!!

      BulletjieBulBul - 2012-12-01 09:13

      Sorry to burst the bubble for you two... England by 10! GO ENGLAND!

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-12-01 11:36

      Whatever you say ballbags...

  • willem.westra.9 - 2012-11-30 21:31

    Suzie again? :-)

  • riaan.crouse1 - 2012-11-30 23:39

    hope England can make a upset that would make my weekend. - 2012-12-01 03:50

      the ALL BLACKS losing would make your weekend, shame, your life must suck big time, poor u!!

      riaan.crouse1 - 2012-12-01 04:21

      no cat pam actualy it doesnt suck its great but will be greater if they loose - 2012-12-01 05:10

      loose???? :Adjective: Not firmly or tightly fixed in place; detached or able to be detached: "a loose tooth". shame, maybe u should spend your weekends learning english!!

  • NoleneKRMartin - 2012-12-01 12:59

    You're all just sad because you don't support the best team...go the mighty All Blacks :-D

  • deon.booysen - 2012-12-01 13:57

    Why do the AB pull the "virus" card so often? A sickly bunch or a sad excuse every time they think things might go pear-shaped?

  • wade.johnson.58726 - 2012-12-01 18:27

    Eish: The All blacks lose to England 38-21. Ha ha !

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