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Sport24.co.za | All Blacks get plush Pennyhill Park base



Sonny Bill Williams hits the gym (Gallo Images)

London – The All Blacks will prepare for Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final against Australia at the plush Pennyhill Park training base.

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The facilities were originally scheduled to be used by hosts England, but following their early exit from the tournament, the Springboks moved in ahead of the quarter-finals.

However, ahead of the semi-finals, Argentina were awarded rights to the state-of-the-art training base at the luxurious five-star hotel in Bagshot.

Now it’s the All Blacks’ turn.

The base was redeveloped ahead of the World Cup at a massive R50 million cost to include a two-storey indoor training centre and outdoor rugby pitch – which cost a cool R22 million alone.

Australia will continue to use The Lensbury and St Mary’s University as their base ahead of Saturday’s showdown at Twickenham (18:00 SA time).

Meanwhile, the Boks will stay at the Surrey Sports Park in Guildford as they set their sights on Argentina and the bronze final at The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Friday (22:00 SA time).

Argentina will use London Irish’s grounds as their base.

Sport24 Editor Garrin Lambley is covering the 2015 Rugby World Cup live from London.













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