The All Blacks have been hitting the gym and training hard as they prepare to face Italy, fresh from their first ever defeat to Ireland last weekend.

But their preparations have also included culture, sightseeing, and more than a few selfies.

New Zealand's rugby team took in the sights of Rome today, with the squad visiting the tourist highlights of the Italian capital, including the Colosseum.

The rest and relaxation is well earned by the All Blacks, who were pushed to their limits in an intense gym session yesterday.

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Visited the famous Colosseum 👌⚔️

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The history #coliseum #colosseum #bigjim @d_mckenzie1015

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Imagine playing a rugby game here! Unreal being here at the Colosseum in Rome Photo cred: @malakaifekitoa

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The Flavian Amphitheatre 👌

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Colosseum ticked off the bucket list 👌🏛

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Found Trevi fountain here in Rome !

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Frozen in time at the Pantheon 😎

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They are keen to right the wrongs of Saturday's 40-29 humiliation, as the world champions were beaten in Chicago by Ireland, the first time they have lost that fixture in 111 years.

All Black prop Wyatt Crockett admitted his team are hurting from that surprise result and are keen to turn things around.

He said: 'It certainly hurts but the beautiful thing is we get to come out this week and hopefully put in a good week's training and then put a performance in that we are really proud of against Italy.

'After a loss, you generally try and learn as much as you can from that - what went wrong, where were we lacking, I guess to try and make some adjustments, make some improvements to our game and work on those things during the week and then hopefully that comes out in the game.

'Hopefully, we'll see some improvements in the areas we needed to be at the weekend.'