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Wallabies head coach Ewen McKenzie announced his resignation at the post-match press conference following Saturday’s 29-28 loss to New Zealand.
Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver paid tribute to McKenzie who has led Australia in 22 Tests since starting in the role in August 2013.
All Blacks captain Richie McCaw, who already holds plenty of records, notably the most capped New Zealand Test player and the most experienced international forward ever to play the game, has taken a couple more.
McCaw, who scored two tries against the Wallabies, now has crossed the chalk 23 times.
New Zealand produced rugby from another planet as they bounced back from the draw in Sydney with a blistering 51-20 win over Australia.
Played out at a ferocious pace and the odd handling error aside, this was New Zealand’s best rugby of the year so far.
Former Test referee Jonathan Kaplan has waded into the debate around the All Blacks’ recent history of receiving yellow cards.
The most experienced official in the history of Test rugby has suggested that international referees have grown wary of New Zealand using “marginal tactics” to avoid conceding tries when under pressure.
When Ewen McKenzie took over from Robbie Deans as Wallabies coach in August last year, he made it crystal clear from the beginning it was ‘his way, or the highway’.
And that’s the way it should be.
Australia coach Ewen McKenzie is optimistic about his team’s chances of winning at Eden Park for the first time since 1986 in next weekend’s rematch with the All Blacks.
The Wallabies’ task of retrieving the Bledisloe Cup has become even tougher after drawing their opening match with the All Blacks in Sydney.
Australia and New Zealand couldn’t be separated in a wet slugfest of a game in Sydney, battering each other into a 12-12 draw.
This was the second time in less than two years that these two sides have finished all square, after an 18-18 draw in Brisbane in October 2012.
Kurtley Beale will wear the Wallabies No.10 jersey for the first time since 2012 in an overhauled Australian back line to play the All Blacks on Saturday.
In a stunning move, Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has backed the 42-Test playmaker, whom he first selected at five-eighth as a teenager in the Waratahs, to lead Australia around the park at ANZ Stadium in the opening Test of the Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup series.
In-form Test incumbent Bernard Foley will move to the bench, an unlucky casualty of his NSW teammate’s outstanding form in Super Rugby and off the bench for the Wallabies this year.
The Rugby World Cup is only a year away. While all the talk is now on the Bledisloe Cup, should the Aussies be thinking about an even bigger prize?
Currently, there is a rampant All Blacks team well entrenched at the top of the heap, with some of the game’s best players across their squad. However, are they better than four years ago?
Their current team, and their World Cup planning for 2015, contains many of the same faces: Richie McCaw, Kieran Read, Dan Carter, Conrad Smith, Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock, Corey Flynn, the Franks brothers, Sam Whitelock, Jerome Kaino, Ma’a Nonu, Sonny Bill Williams, Israel Dagg and Corey Jane.