Rugby World Cup: All Blacks cover up tattoos in Japan to tackle yakuza link11

New Zealand’s Aaron Smith trains for the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Players are allowed to show tattoos on the field but are expected to cover them up while at hotel spas.
 New Zealand’s Aaron Smith trains for the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Players are allowed to show tattoos on the field but are expected to cover them up while at hotel spas. Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images

The All Blacks are gamely braving Japan’s humidity and covering up their considerable collection of tattoos as they prepare for their defence of the Rugby World Cup at the weekend.

Rugby World Cup: All Blacks cover up tattoos in Japan to tackle yakuza link12

New Zealand’s Aaron Smith trains for the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Players are allowed to show tattoos on the field but are expected to cover them up while at hotel spas.
 New Zealand’s Aaron Smith trains for the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Players are allowed to show tattoos on the field but are expected to cover them up while at hotel spas. Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images

The All Blacks are gamely braving Japan’s humidity and covering up their considerable collection of tattoos as they prepare for their defence of the Rugby World Cup at the weekend.

Rugby World Cup: All Blacks cover up tattoos in Japan to tackle yakuza link13

New Zealand’s Aaron Smith trains for the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Players are allowed to show tattoos on the field but are expected to cover them up while at hotel spas.
 New Zealand’s Aaron Smith trains for the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Players are allowed to show tattoos on the field but are expected to cover them up while at hotel spas. Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images

The All Blacks are gamely braving Japan’s humidity and covering up their considerable collection of tattoos as they prepare for their defence of the Rugby World Cup at the weekend.

Rugby World Cup: All Blacks cover up tattoos in Japan to tackle yakuza link14

New Zealand’s Aaron Smith trains for the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Players are allowed to show tattoos on the field but are expected to cover them up while at hotel spas.
 New Zealand’s Aaron Smith trains for the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Players are allowed to show tattoos on the field but are expected to cover them up while at hotel spas. Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images

The All Blacks are gamely braving Japan’s humidity and covering up their considerable collection of tattoos as they prepare for their defence of the Rugby World Cup at the weekend.

Rugby World Cup: All Blacks cover up tattoos in Japan to tackle yakuza link15

New Zealand’s Aaron Smith trains for the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Players are allowed to show tattoos on the field but are expected to cover them up while at hotel spas.
 New Zealand’s Aaron Smith trains for the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Players are allowed to show tattoos on the field but are expected to cover them up while at hotel spas. Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images

The All Blacks are gamely braving Japan’s humidity and covering up their considerable collection of tattoos as they prepare for their defence of the Rugby World Cup at the weekend.