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PERTH: The Wallabies are seeking confirmation of progress ahead of the World Cup as they attempt to loosen the power-packed All Blacks’ vice-like grip on the Bledisloe Cup on Saturday (Aug 10).
Such is the rivalry between the trans-Tasman neighbours that New Zealand coach Steve Hansen sees retaining the trophy as second only to defending their world title in his priorities for 2019.
With a partisan sell-out crowd expected at Perth Stadium, he has named a strong side widely seen as close to what is expected to line-up in their first game of the World Cup in Japan next month.
“I’ve always thought they’re (Australia) a very good rugby side. They’ve got a lot of talent,” said Hansen, who is not underestimating an old enemy they beat in the final of the last World Cup in 2015.
“They play us a lot and if you look at the last 10 years they’ve been the one team that have been able to beat us or draw with us, someti
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