All you need to know ahead of the All Blacks’ clash against the Wallabies in Bledisloe II at Eden Park
The All Blacks haven’t lost a test to the Wallabies at Eden Park since 1986 – but the fresh-faced Australians who are coming off an upset draw last Sunday “might not know any better”.
With no player in either side alive to have witnessed an Australian victory in Auckland, Dave Rennie’s men might be uniquely placed to finally break the All Blacks’ 43-match unbeaten streak, says Wallabies attack coach Scott Wisemantel.
“It’s good for their confidence, but having said that, they don’t know any better,” he told Big Sports Breakfast.
“There’s so many debutants, so many rookies here that they actually don’t know (about New Zealand’s dominance) which is great, fantastic.
“They’re just going in and going ‘okay, where’s this Eden Park, where is it, what do we do?’
“There’s a lack of fear; they’re willing to have a go and only thing I and the coaching staff wants out of them is to say ‘ease up’ or ‘pull it back’.”
Wallabies halfback Nic White said in his previous visits to Eden Park, it wasn’t just the stadium that thwarted them.
“I’m not sure how much it is to do with the field and how much it is to do with the result,” he said.
“I’ve been there a few times off a couple of wins and a draw and I think that’s as much to do with the reaction of their group as it is to where we’re playing.
“I don’t think it matters where we play them this week, there’s going to be a reaction from them.
“This is a new group and we’re trying to talk about the reaction we want to get out of the game on the weekend, where we thought we could have taken a result.”
Match details: Sunday, October 18 at 4pm, Eden Park in Auckland
1. Joe Moody
2. Dane Coles
3. Ofa Tuungafasi
4. Patrick Tuipulotu
5. Tupou Vaa’i
6. Shannon Frizell
7. Sam Cane (c)
8. Ardie Savea
9. Aaron Smith
10. Richie Mo’unga
11. Caleb Clarke
12. Jack Goodhue
13. Anton Lienert-Brown
14. Jordie Barrett
15. Beauden Barrett
Reserves: Codie Taylor, Alex Hodgman, Nepo Laulala, Scott Barrett, Hoskins Sotutu, TJ Perenara, Rieko Ioane, Damian McKenzie
1. James Slipper
2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa
3. Taniela Tupou
4. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto
5. Matt Philip
6. Ned Hanigan
7. Michael Hooper (c)
8. Harry Wilson
9. Nic White
10. James O’Connor
11. Marika Koroibete
12. Matt To’omua
13. Hunter Paisami
14. Filipo Daugunu
15. Tom Banks
Reserves: Jordan Uelese, Scott Sio, Allan Alaalaota, Rob Simmons, Liam Wright, Jake Gordon, Jordan Petaia, Reece Hodge
Last five encounters
2018: 40–12 All Blacks – Eden Park, Auckland
2018: 37–20 All Blacks – Nissan Stadium, Yokohama, Japan
2019: 47–26 Australia – Optus Stadium, Perth
2019: 36–0 All Blacks – Eden Park, Auckland
2020: 16-16 draw – Sky Stadium, Wellington
All Blacks: $1.13
How to catch the action
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The match will be broadcast live on Sky Sport 1, with coverage beginning at 3pm. If you want to watch the match online, you can stream the game live via Sky Sport Now.
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