The All Blacks are set for a million-dollar Rugby World Cup payday, as part of a radical plan to avoid a repeat of the near-disastrous opener four years ago which threatened to derail their campaign in the United Kingdom.

The Herald understands New Zealand Rugby has accepted an offer - believed to be well in excess of $1 million - from Kashiwa City officials to train in the city, in a significant departure from previous pre-World Cup build-ups.

The decision to agree to the four-day training camp in Kashiwa, about 50km northeast of Tokyo, was made easier by memories of

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