All Blacks relish getting into action

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Lynn McConnell     16 Sep 2015     Getty Images

Wing Julian Savea described the session as 'pretty full-on'.

"It was a good hit-out, some bumps and bruises," he said.

Utility back Colin Slade said the players had been a little itchy to get their hands on a ball after not having had any training since arriving in London.

"The boys haven't been able to touch a rugby ball for a couple of days. So today was a bit about physicality," he said.

"There was a bit of contact out there and it was good to get that out of the system."

Slade said they knew what to expect from Argentina after their game earlier in the Rugby Championship in Christchurch.

"They're going to come out firing, we're expecting that and we just need to be able to handle that," he said.

Second five-eighths Ma'a Nonu said Argentina were a good side.

"All over the park, they're good. Their backs are pretty elusive.

"They put up a fight in Christchurch. They had a good defensive line. They can roll anyone, especially at World Cups. Juan Martin Hernandez, [who did not play in Christchurch] is a great player," Nonu said.

Meanwhile, Nonu said England would benefit from home advantage during the Cup just as New Zealand had done in their successful 2011 campaign.

"It was good to play at home. It was special playing in front of families and our fans. You get lifted when you go to home parks and see your family in the stands," he said.

Nonu said his post-tournament switch to Toulon was not on his mind.

"I don't really think about it. Injuries can come and you never know whether it could be your last game.

"Every time I'm in an All Blacks environment, I always relish the chance to play," he said.