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Michael Cheika has promised that Australia's two influential playmakers, Bernard Foley and Kurtley Beale, won't take a backward step no matter how much traffic the All Blacks direct at them on Saturday evening.
As far as statement making wins go, they don't get much bigger than Tasman's 25-17 win against Canterbury on Friday night.
Kieran Read has admitted on Bledisloe eve to having a "few doubts" about whether he would make it back on to the rugby field after undergoing major back surgery at the end of last year.
Tasman look to avenge last year's final loss as they host holders Canterbury at Blenheim's Lansdowne Park.
The Wallabies are staring down their best chance in years to secure a drought-breaking Bledisloe Cup win but the last thing Australian fans want to see is a fired-up team pushing passes and drawing yellow cards in the opening test in Sydney this weekend.
Good times. Brodie Retallick is back in black and, in fitting fashion, he's growing a mullet to celebrate it.
An enthused Jono Gibbes is "bloody up for the challenge" of reviving Waikato's ailing Mitre 10 Cup team after six seasons of misery for the Mooloos resulted in last year's drop to the Championship.
Jack Maddocks is on the cusp of a dream Wallabies debut against the most feared team in world rugby and his coach Michael Cheika is adamant now is the time to unleash the 21-year-old on the biggest stage of all.
England first-five eighth Danny Cipriani has pleaded guilty at Jersey magistrates court to charges of common assault and resisting arrest following an incident in a nightclub on the English Channel island.
All Blacks lock Sam Whitelock has lauded the big engines of his Wallabies counterparts, as he prepares to enter his proud rugby nation's record books when he runs out against Australia this weekend.
England head coach Eddie Jones will be given the final say on selecting Danny Cipriani despite the Gloucester first-five being fined Â£2,000 (NZ$3850) for an assault at a Jersey nightclub.
OPINION: Of the All Blacks' outside backs that will start against the Wallabies, wing Waisake Naholo, arguably, has the most to prove.
For a player who was synonymous with Wellington, Saturday's game between Auckland and Counties Manukau will be an unusual experience for Alama Ieremia.
OPINION: Here's a name to throw into the rugby league coaching cement mixer, especially with the Bledisloe Cup being held at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.