Ben Smith Struggling All Blacks face Bledisloe trial against Australia

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The All Blacks will face the Wallabies in the second Bledisloe Cup test on Saturday at Auckland under immense pressure to do the one thing they have done most often throughout their history: win.

New Zealand has won 1,061 of 1,261, or 84%, of the tests it has played since its first in 1905, has won 114 of its 165 test against Australia and has won its last 18 tests against the Wallabies at Saturday’s match venue in a streak stretching 33 years.

But a single loss on Saturday could have dire consequences for the reigning world champions. New Zealand would lose the Bledisloe Cup to Australia for the first time in 17 years, could drop to sixth on world rankings after occupying the top spot since the ranking system was devised and will increase concern among fans about its readiness to defend the World Cup from next month.

There are fears already the All Blacks are treading a similar path to the one they followed before their disastr

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