ABs arrive in Sydney for Bledisloe test
Thu, 16 Aug 2012 11:07p.m.
By Huw Beynon
Sonny Bill Williams was practising his fend at Sydney airport this evening.
He was clearly unenthusiastic about answering questions from the Sydney media that hounded him when he quit the city and rugby league in 2008. Richie on the other hand had no such qualms.
“The Bledisloe means a hell of a lot to both teams, and because of that the games always reflect how tough they are. Saturday night will be no different,” says All Blacks captain Richie McCaw.
It'll certainly be a tough night for the Australian midfield – they'll have to cope with both Sonny Bill and Ma'a Nonu.
“It's not bad to look outside me and see blokes like Ma'a and Sonny Bill, a couple of huge human beings. Hopefully looking to get some good front foot ball and use them to get us going forward,” says All Black 1st five Dan Carter.
Despite having held the Bledisloe cup since 2003, the All Blacks feel past form counts for nothing in these tests.
“It's on the night and we know that we respect them a lot and if we've come to play as well as we can and I guess they'll turn up and play as well as they can,” says All Blacks coach Steve Hansen.
And while the lucky fans at the airport got to meet their All Blacks heroes, it seems SBW was leaving his talking for the field.
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