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Woodward ups the ante.

Sir Clive Woodward's softly, softly approach to training is over.

The Lions head coach will crank up the intensity after the setback of the 19-13 defeat to the New Zealand Maori.

Woodward has been determined not to make the same mistakes Graham Henry committed in Australia four years ago - when the Lions were left demoralised and exhausted by a relentless training schedule.

Only last week, defence guru Mike Ford revealed Woodward had instructed his coaching staff to ease back on the bruising sessions after Jonny Wilkinson and Shane Byrne both picked up minor knocks.

But the Lions were so out-muscled at the breakdown by a very competitive Maori side on Saturday that Woodward is beginning to revise his opinion.

"I've been very keen to keep everyone fresh, but maybe we need to up the ante in training," said Woodward.

"Maybe we have been a little bit lacking in the amount of contact work we have been doing."
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Title Annotation:Sport Rugby
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jun 13, 2005
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