11 Sep 2010

Australia face a 10th straight loss to the All Blacks

2:32 pm on 11 September 2010

The Australia rugby team is hoping to avoid a record-breaking tenth straight loss to the All Blacks when they meet at ANZ Stadium in Sydney tonight.

The Bledisloe Cup match will be the Wallabies third hit-out in as many weeks, while the New Zealanders have had the past fortnight to rest and prepare for their final Tri-Nations game.

The Australia coach, Robbie Deans, says the All Blacks are currently the benchmark for great rugby, and are always tough to beat.

But he says tonight it could be even harder for his side to upset the New Zealanders, because they've had the luxury of being able to watch their opponents, plan and refresh during the past two weeks.

The All Blacks though, will be without their injured playmaker Dan Carter, with youngster Aaron Cruden stepping in at five-eighth.

The match kicks off at 10pm.