Once again Australia is preparing to do battle against the New Zealand All Blacks for Rugby’s Bledisloe Cup.
They clash tomorrow and both teams are stressing it will be a tough encounter.
Jordan Cannon reports.
All Blacks players were out and about greeting Brisbane supporters today.
Fans anticipate an exciting game and were keen to meet their idols.
Peter Wriggley, All Blacks Supporter: “We’ve been in Australia for a while now but you always support the All Blacks no matter where you are. Especially with the calibre of a player like Richie McCaw. It’s amazing to do what he’s done over about 150 tests.”
All Blacks supporters predict they will do well in tomorrow’s test.
Matthew McCarthy, All Blacks Supporter: “I think the Wallabies will try and put on a good performance considering what’s happened with them but the All Blacks will also want to put a good performance on for us considering what’s happened in Africa.”
Captain Richie McCaw says the team is confident but ready for a difficult match against the Wallabies.
Richie McCaw, All Blacks Captain: “The boys are pretty keen to put that right tomorrow. It’s going to be a tough old match I’d suggest. Because the Wallabies are in the same sort of boat I guess.”
The controversy surrounding the Wallabies, involving the coach and one of the star players Kurtley Beale, hasn’t affected their team spirit or readiness to play.
Michael Hooper, Wallabies Back Rower: “With distractions going on I’ve been very impressed with how the guys have reacted this week.”
Others even think it can be used to their advantage.
Greg Adermann, Suncorp Communications Manager: “They will probably use all the drama from this week to mould together as a unit and don’t be surprised if they come out and give the All Blacks a mighty shock tomorrow night.”
When Adam Ashley-Cooper steps out here in the Suncorp Stadium field tomorrow night he will be just the sixth player in Australian history to reach the 100-test milestone.
It is bound to be a tough match for both teams.
Jordan Cannon, QUT News.