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VIDEO – England have World Cup wind in their sails

07 September 2011

  • England squad enjoy day trip on America's Cup yachts in Auckland
  • Lots of serious work to be done, but important to have fun – Haskell

England were all hands on deck when they took an afternoon off training for a team-bonding sailing day in Auckland, racing across the Waitemata Harbour on ex-America's Cup yachts.

The 30-man squad was split into two teams and the competitive spirit among the group shone through, with Alex Corbisiero’s yacht eventually coming out on top.

England squad enjoy a sailing trip in Auckland

Photo: Getty Images

Much to the delight of the London Irish prop, who said: “I absolutely loved it. New Zealand is an awesome country, everyone has been really friendly, the weather’s been a bit touch and go but my boat won so it’s been a great day out!”

England are in New Zealand for a minimum of five weeks, and flanker James Haskell says that it’s vital for team spirit and moral to make sure the squad get away from the rugby from time to time.

He said: “I’ve read in the newspaper that you’re supposed to laugh six times a day to make yourself healthy, but I think we’re laughing about 35 times an hour! It’s all good, obviously there’s a lot of serious work to be done, but it’s important to have fun.”