Brisbane was in a Rugby frenzy today.
Six players from the All-Blacks made their first public appearance in the Queen St Mall, ahead of Saturday’s Bledisloe clash.
Taylor Bunnag reports.
Brisbane fans gave the Kiwi players a rock-star welcome.
The All-Blacks may be in enemy territory and chasing a record 17th straight win against the Wallabies but they’ve still got plenty of support.
Israel Dagg, All Blacks Fullback: “Oh it’s awesome you know there’s a lot of kiwis over here and I got a lot of family over here and umm to get this kind of support here it means a lot.”
And the Kiwis are sure to be fired up, with Hooker Keven Mealamu set to become only the third All-Black to earn 100 caps.
Israel Dagg, All Blacks Fullback: “He’s a big part to this team and he’s been around for a while, he’s a true legend of the game and we want to go out there and leave it all out there and hopefully get the W for him.”
Meanwhile, the Wallabies were training at Suncorp.
Coach Robbie Deans insists his injury ravaged side can beat the World Champions.
Robbie Deans, Wallabies Coach: “We’re entering this game to win, there’s nothing else on these blokes minds.”
And the Aussies will have motivation of their own, with skipper Nathan Sharpe playing his last test against the All-Blacks.
Nathan Sharpe, Wallabies Captain- “I’m not really too focused on the individual side of things, I’d just love to win it. It’d be great for Australian Rugby and to be part of that I’d be very happy to be in that.”
With the All-Blacks already retaining this year’s Bledisloe Cup, some people are calling this game a dead rubber, but try telling that to these rugby made fans.
Tickets for the game are sold out.
Taylor Bunnag, QUT News.