Tunnel cam footage reveals devastating physical toll of test match against the All Blacks
This is truly terrifying tunnel cam footage.
This video from England rugby shows how physically destructive test match rugby can be.
The footage comes from England’s 2014 tour of New Zealand.
Stuart Lancaster’s side travelled to Dunedin for the second test against their World Champion opponents.
A daunting task…
This tunnel cam footage is really enlightening as a fan as we get to see the players pre-match rituals as well as witnessing interactions between players and coaches in between play.
We watch on as both teams leave the dressing rooms and the roar from the Forsyth Bar Stadium is deafening as the All Blacks make their way down the tunnel.
The truly shocking part of the clip comes at the end of the second half as the teams return from the field.
We see players from both sides emerging into shot looking like they’ve just left a warzone with some of the injuries on display.
This shows how brutal test match rugby is!
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