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Last Updated: Friday, 1 July, 2005, 08:01 GMT 09:01 UK
William enjoys Lions training day
Prince William trains with the Lions
Prince William practised his kicking with Charlie Hodgson
Prince William has trained with the British and Irish Lions rugby union touring side in New Zealand.

The prince, 23, is carrying out his first solo engagements during his 10-day visit to the region.

William practised his kicking with fly-half Charlie Hodgson and coach Dave Alred at the Basin Reserve ground in the capital, Wellington.

The prince donned a red and blue Lions team tracksuit and kicked out of his hands as well as into a net.

He was coached by Alred, who helps Jonny Wilkinson hone his technique.

Hodgson described William as a "very down-to-earth bloke".

We soon settled into the normal routine, like any other session
Charlie Hodgson
Lions' fly-half

"I enjoyed the session, I was bit nervous at first with all the media there. You know that you get similar numbers at a game but you don't notice them because of the crowd.

"But we soon settled into the normal routine, like any other session.

"William was a very down-to-earth bloke, whose skill and accuracy improved as the session progressed."

The prince also attended a tree-planting ceremony.

William laughed and joked with the press pack.

He asked one photographer: "How many of these have you seen, a few hundred?"

Watch the prince training with the Lions

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