6 Aug 2021

All Blacks start Bledisloe Cup defence on Saturday

From Morning Report, 8:27 am on 6 August 2021

The All Blacks begin their Bledisloe Cup title defence on Saturday night at Eden Park with the hosts looking to maintain their nearly 20 year long stranglehold on the trophy.

The Wallabies haven't won the Bledisloe since 2002 and haven't beaten the All Blacks at their Auckland fortress in 35 years.

All Blacks coach Ian Foster has made three changes to the starting XV from the one that beat Fiji last month, with lock Brodie Retallick, loosie Dalton Papalii and winger Rieko Ioane coming in, while Sevu Reece switches from the left to the right wing and Ardie Savea moves from number eight to openside.

Foster says defending their Eden Park record, where they haven't lost to the Wallabies since 1986 or to anyone since 1994, isn't putting any more pressure on the team than they normally feel.

Susie Ferguson spoke to rugby reporter Joe Porter.