13 Jun 2012

Smal impressed with All Blacks team

11:22 am on 13 June 2012

The Ireland assistant coach Gert Smal says this All Black side is one of the best he's seen.

The Irish are coming off a first test hiding at Eden Park and a similar scoreline is expected for the second test in Christchurch on Saturday.

Smal, a former South African player who also assisted the Boks to the World Cup in 2007, says despite the number of changes to the home side, he's still very impressive.

Smal says training hasn't been too tough for the Irish this week as they try to recover from a physical first up encounter.