Prince William trains with Lions

Prince William got better acquainted with the British & Irish Lions by demonstrating his rugby skills in a training session in Wellington. [more]

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Prince William got better acquainted with the British & Irish Lions by demonstrating his rugby skills in a training session in Wellington.

The Lions are building up to the second Test against the All Blacks and the second-in-line to the throne spent an hour kicking with coach Dave Alred and fly-half Charlie Hodgson at the Basin.

The Prince, who will watch Saturday’s Wellington Test as part of his 11-day official visit to New Zealand, was shown some of the practices and routines that players go through as part of their training.

He also got to have hands-on experience of kicking, something Alred believes the Prince will now appreciate more.

Alred said: "It is a great opportunity for William to experience some of the techniques and processes that the main kickers go through for their practice and preparation for games.

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"I am sure that he has got a better understanding of the work put in by the likes of Charlie (Hodgson) and the other kickers."

Hodgson added: "I enjoyed the session, I was bit nervous at first with all the media there, you know that you get similar numbers at a game but you don’t notice them because of the crowd.

"But we soon settled into the normal routine, like any other session. William was a very down to earth bloke, whose skill and accuracy improved as the session progressed."

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