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Saturday 18th October 09:00 GMT


Strictly speaking, the match between Australia and New Zealand in Brisbane on Saturday, is a "dead rubber" as far as the Bledisloe Cup is concerned. With World Champions the All Blacks leading the three match series 1-0, with one match drawn, whatever the outcome of Saturday's encounter, the Bledisloe will reside with the All Blacks for another year.

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There could hardly be a worse time for the Wallabies to be taking on the All Blacks, with the home side in crisis off the pitch, and struggling on it. On the pitch, the Wallabies have suffered back-to-back defeats to South Africa and Argentina in the Rugby Championship, and have been rocked by scandal off the field over text messages allegedly sent by Kurtley Beale. All of which has left coach Ewen McKenzie fighting for his job.

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The All Blacks face an unusual scenario, as for the first time in 22 tests they come into a Test on the back of a defeat in their previous outing, following their 25-27 loss to South Africa on the high veldt in Johannesburg. Beauden Barrett retains the No.10 jersey, with Aaron Cruden still out of favour, after he blotted his copy book by missing a pre-tour departure meeting after a boozy night out, while Dan Carter was still not considered because of injury.

Posted: 27th Aug 2011


Australia and New Zealand prepare for the Rugby World Cup next month when they play a Tri Nations Bledisloe Cup match in Brisbane on Saturday, August 27th at 20:05 local time and 10:05 GMT if you aren't going to be at the match. Australia will be hoping to take a title from the All Blacks, since their last Tri-Nations crown was in 2001. In the past it has been New Zealand that has trounced the Australians, taking eleven of the last twelve matches that they have played. Australia won once, back in 2010 when they played in Hong Kong.

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Tags: Australia, New Zealand, Bledisloe Cup, Aaron Cruden, Rugby World Cup, Tri Nations Bledisloe Cup
Posted: 18th October 2014

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