Depite 27 players missing for club duties, those who reported to Wales are not being let off easy
BRITISH & IRISH captain Sam Warburton led a gym session today as Warren Gatland’s depleted squad prepare to tour New Zealand.
Despite just 14 of the 41-man group being present, those who were available were pushed to their limits.
And Gatland – a huge advocate of cryotherapy – used the freezing ice chambers to help his players recover.
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He is missing 27 players this week due to club commitments but was already keeping a watchful eye on his charges as he plots his selection.
The Kiwi will be desperate to beat his home nation after a thrilling 2-1 series victory in Australia four years ago.
And surprise selection Ben Te’o is hoping to use this week to steal a march on some of the players who were not available.
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He said: “I am comfortable coming in right now.
“It is nice for me to come in and meet the guys and get to know the environment.
“The guys away with the big games – semi-finals, finals – it is not doing them any harm not being here.
“We would all like to be playing in big games, so good luck to them.
“I would say the majority of the guys here will make up a large part of that first game. We should use that to our advantage, work on our combinations and get a feel for each other.”
Full list of absentees
Saracens (6) – Mako Vunipola, Jamie George, Maro Itoje, George Kruis, Billy Vunipola, Owen Farrell
Leinster (5) – Tadhg Furlong, Jack McGrath, Johnny Sexton, Robbie Henshaw, Sean O’Brien
Ospreys (4) – Alun Wyn Jones, Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb, Justin Tipuric
Scarlets (3) – Ken Owens, Liam Williams, Jonathan Davies
Munster (3) – Conor Murray, Peter O’Mahony, CJ Stander
Northampton (2) – George North, Courtney Lawes
Leicester (1) – Dan Cole
Exeter (1) – Jack Nowell
Wasps (1) – Elliot Daly
Toulon (1) – Leigh Halfpenny