New Zealand's rugby stars lift and move a 2,400kg Land Rover

Don’t park in the path of the All Blacks! New Zealand’s rugby stars jump out of their coach to lift and move a 2,400kg Land Rover out of the way after the owner blocked them from turning

  • New Zealand are in the throes of preparations for their Rugby World Cup semi 
  • Ian Foster’s side will face Argentina at Stade de France in the French capital 
  • All Blacks booked their place in the final after stunning 28-24 defeat of Ireland 
  • Latest Rugby World Cup 2023 news, including fixtures, live scores and results

The All Blacks took part in a somewhat unorthodox improptu training session on Tuesday, as they lifted and moved a Land Rover out of the way of their team bus. 

The side are in the throes of preparations for their Rugby World Cup semi-final on Friday evening, where they will meet Argentina at Stade de France. 

Ian Foster’s men booked their place in the next phase of the storied competition after their shock defeat of heavily favoured Ireland on Saturday night. 

Ireland battled until the last, but were unable to overturn the 28-24 scoreline in Paris. 

But the team had a challenge of a different kind this week when their team coach got stuck whilst travelling down a tight road. 

The All Blacks used all their strength to get their team bus out of a tight spot on a French road

The Land Rover weighs around 2,400kg – but the players were able to lift it out of harm’s way

Noticing a parked Land Rover impeding their path, New Zealand took it upon themselves to take action into their own hands, and a group clustered around the SUV in a bid to lift its estimated 2,400kg bulk.

Shifting the car up and down, the coach was able to edge past the luxury motor and turn around before restarting its journey without issue. 

Delighted with their process, the players seemed in high spirits as they cheered the completion of the feat to get their bus back on the road. 

Whilst many on social media revelled in the team’s low-key heroics, a number called for greater care to be shown by the players before Friday’s crunch clash in case they injured themselves. 

The All Blacks are the favourites to best Los Pumas and book their spot in the World Cup final, but in the wake of what he called ‘the sweetest victory’, Foster was keen to both temper expectation and keep his side humble. 

‘I’m not sure how far under the radar we were,’ Foster said. ‘We won’t be under the radar next week.’

New Zealand booked their spot in the semi-finals with a smash-and-grab win over Ireland

Head coach Ian Foster (centre) urged his players not to be affected by becoming the favourites

‘All the talk (in the build-up) was about Ireland but it’s not a place we want to be. 

‘We know Argentina well. They’re tough.’  

Mail Sport reported on Tuesday that the All Black’s meeting with Argentina will be refereed by Australian official Angus Gardner. 

Gardner will be assisted by Nic Berry and Karl Dickson, and TMO Ben Whitehouse. 

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