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All Blacks coach says Wallabies dangerous ahead of Bledisloe Cup

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 01:21

All Balcks coach Steve Hansen said his side knows the Wallabies will be eager for a win as they prepare for the Bledisloe Cup encounter in Sydney

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (AUGUST 17, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. NEW ZEALAND ALL BLACKS COACH STEVE HANSEN AT NEWS CONFERENCE 2. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW ZEALAND ALL BLACKS COACH STEVE HANSEN, SAYING: "You know they've had a great preparation, lost - you know the franchise fans probably weren't overly excited about the fact that they got knocked out early. Would've rather seen them play right through the finals and have less preparation time. Those two things I think you know make them a dangerous beast and the third thing that makes them really dangerous is their desire to try and help Australian rugby in a moment where it's got a bit of cloud over it and they haven't won the Bledisloe for a long time. So they're pretty hungry for it. So as a team we have to be hungrier than them, otherwise we're going to be at a disadvantage." 3. AUSTRALIAN WALLABIES COACH MICHAEL CHEIKA AT NEWS CONFERENCE 4. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIAN WALLABIES COACH MICHAEL CHEIKA, SAYING: "I think for us, considering our situation, all our focus has been on ourselves and getting our team in the right, travelling at the right speed and also prepared with everyone clear in their role to out there and do the job on Saturday night. STORY: The Wallabies have a chance to lift some of the gloom hanging over Australian rugby on Saturday (August 19) but to do so they will have to achieve the considerable feat of upsetting the All Blacks in the Rugby Championship opener. A miserable Super Rugby campaign, during which none of the country's five teams were able to beat New Zealand opponents in 26 attempts, was accompanied by the bitter and protracted effort to shut down the Western Force. Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has had his players in a training camp for a month, plotting to take down the world champions in the first of three Bledisloe Cup tests this year. That lengthy preparation time and the talent at Cheika's disposal makes the Wallabies a "dangerous beast", said All Blacks coach Steve Hansen on Thursday. Australia have not held the trophy that symbolises tran-Tasman Sea rugby supremacy since 2002 and the bookmakers do not share Hansen's caution, making the All Blacks 1-10 favourites to win at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday.

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All Blacks coach says Wallabies dangerous ahead of Bledisloe Cup

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 01:21