Preparation in Argentina vital for Whitelock

Date published: September 25 2016

All Blacks lock Sam Whitelock has emphasised the need for the world champions to get their preparation right ahead of facing Argentina.

The squad have already arrived in Argentina ahead of next weekend's Rugby Championship clash with los Pumas, with New Zealand chasing down the world record for the most consecutive Test wins in a row.

Even with the Rugby Championship title wrapped up two rounds early, Whitelock knows the squad won't slack off and will adapt to the challenge of settling into a new time zone.

"Making sure we don't get tripped us is a massive thing for us as individuals and a team so there's heaps to play for and the boys are excited by it," Whitelock told the All Blacks website.

"It's a big flight but we've come over a couple of days earlier so we're going to get a normal week in which will be great so we've got a couple of days to adjust to the time zones.

"The beauty about it is a number of the boys have been here before for the All Blacks or Super Rugby so they know what's involved.

Whitelock's now extensive experience of international rugby, with 79 caps to his name just shy of his 28th birthday, means he is also well accustomed to coping with the effects of playing across the southern hemisphere.

"The main thing I've learnt in the last few years is that there are a few little tricks that help you get to sleep right and working hard when you're away."