By David Skipwith
All Blacks enforcer Jerome Kaino has been forced to go to some dark places as he worked to adjust his skill set for an expected stint at lock during the World Cup.
Kaino swapped the blindside flanker’s shirt for the No4 bib as the All Blacks put the finishing touches on their tournament preparations at a final open training run at Trusts Stadium in Auckland today.
A crowd of several hundred devoted fans, predominantly school children, watched on as Steve Hansen’s 31-man squad ran through a light field session and then signed autographs and connected with the public one last time ahead of their flight to England tomorrow night.
A relaxed Kaino said he was only too happy to brush up on his second-row scrummaging and lineout work and believed the mooted positional change could only broaden his horizons.
“I quite enjoyed it. I had a hit-out yesterday with 60 minutes at lock and it wasn’t too bad,” said Kaino.
“Obviously you have to stick your head in some dark places in the tight five but I thoroughly enjoyed it and it adds a string to my bow so it’s good.”