Wallabies hope to end All Black's good streak

COACH Robbie Deans has urged the Wallabies to embrace the timely chance to storm the All Blacks’ Auckland fortress on Saturday night.

After making three changes to his bench for the Bledisloe Test, Deans labelled Australia “lucky” to have the opportunity to end New Zealand’s 17-year Eden Park unbeaten streak before next month’s Rugby World Cup.

While the All Blacks last lost at their bastion in 1994, the Wallabies have not won there in 11 Tests since 1986.

But Deans had great success in Auckland as coach of the Canterbury Crusaders and feels the Australians are ready to deliver a psychological blow by making their mark at the World Cup final venue.

“It’s about now rather than the history,” he said.

“A lot of visiting teams will be aspiring to achieve something special at Eden Park this year.

“This weekend, we’re the lucky ones – we get first crack.”


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