Brodie Retallick Bledisloe Cup: Now for the serious business – the potential All Blacks omen

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Now for the serious business of the Bledisloe Cup.

A potential omen for the All Blacks: they have never won a Rugby Championship tournament during a successful World Cup year, and current leaders the Boks have it all to lose when they play Argentina next weekend, but New Zealand have held the Bledisloe since 2003 and it’s a piece of silverware they dearly want to keep.

It’s a simple equation for Steve Hansen’s men in Perth next Saturday. Beat the Wallabies and they’ve retained the cup for another year. If not it will hinge on the return match at their Eden Park fortress a week later.

But would a victory of any sort do at this point, with two tests remaining after this one until the World Cup? Possibly not. Hansen wants to see improvements on the two displays so far – a scratchy win over the Pumas and a similar performance in a draw to South Africa in Wellington – and particularly as far as the set piece and combinations go.

Hansen will want

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