All Blacks flanker Ardie Savea ‘refocused’ for Italy Test, still ‘sore’ after Ireland loss

The All Blacks finish their 2018 season in Rome this weekend after losing to Ireland on Sunday. Source: ALL BLACKS TV

(TVNZ) – The All Blacks are still feeling the hurt after losing to Ireland 16-9 last Sunday in Dublin, but flanker Ardie Savea says his side are have shifted their focus to the next task at hand – Italy.

The 25-year-old told media during a press conference in Rome today that his body is still recovering from the bruising clash against Ireland.

“I’m pretty sore still after the Test match, but I guess you kind of get over it really quick and just get into it (training),” said Savea.

“It’s a new week like Colesy (Dane Coles) said, just got to refocus on our task at hand this Saturday.

“You kind of get over it (loss) pretty quick.”

Savea said that his side has already began to do video sessions on their rivals Italy.

“We spend quite a bit of time learning about our opposition, our own individual analysis and also as a big group, as a team we do that as well.

“We try and see if there is any opportunities or any threats we want to counter this week, after that then we just focus on ourselves.”

The All Blacks take on Italy at Rome’s Olympic Stadium on Sunday morning New Zealand time.

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