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All Blacks struggling with sickness ahead of England

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen

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Article Published: Thursday 29 November 2012|

New Zealand's preparations for their Test match against England have been disrupted by a sickness which has swept through the squad.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has revealed that all of his squad except for two have been suffering with diarrhoea and vomiting.

Hansen did however add that the problem would not impact on selection for the Test match.

"Getting the mix right in training has been difficult. Hopefully, we have been smart enough to keep the tanks full to play well," Hansen said.

"There are only two players who have escaped the virus. It started in Wales and has just continued.

"Apparently, half the UK have got it. If you hang around the team hotel too long we will give it to you too".

All Black reserve captain Kieran Read, who suffered from the virus Wednesday, added: "Personally I'm feeling a lot better today. The boys had a good guided tour of the bathrooms yesterday on their day off.

"It's a 24-hour thing. It's just something you have to handle and we'll be all right for Saturday."

The All Blacks are hoping to complete another European Grand Slam tour and have made three changes to the team that beat Wales last weekend.

Keven Mealamu comes in to replace the suspended Andrew Hore while Dan Carter returns from injury and Brodie Retallick is picked ahead of Luke Romano.

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