Ben bides time to make up his mind to go black or red. Photo: Skysports
Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna has changed his mind about playing for Tonga and now hopes to play for New Zealand instead.
Tameifuna, who was in the All Blacks training squad in 2012, was originally selected for Tonga’s end of year tour which consists of away Tests against Georgia, the United States and Scotland.
All Blacks Aaron Cruden is tackled by Nic White in the 12-12 even match last night in Sydney. Photo: Skysports
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.
Ewen McKenzie believes the Aussies can beat the All Blacks next month. Photo: Skysports
Australia head coach Ewen McKenzie believes his charges are showing the signs they are ready to defeat New Zealand in the Rugby Championship.
Since losing to the All Blacks the last time they played them, 41-33 in October, the Wallabies have gone on to win seven internationals in a row.
And ahead of the tournament which they are third favourites to win, McKenzie is adamant they are heading in the right direction to claim victory.
All Blacks play Samoa in 2008. Photo: Sky Sports
New Zealand will play a Test match in Samoa for the first time next year in preparation for the Rugby World Cup, according to reports.
The NZ Herald have revealed that an agreement is in place to stage the fixture probably in late July next year.
The NZRU has come under huge pressure to play a Test for the first time in the Pacific Islands, after recent matches in Hong Kong and the upcoming clash against the USA in Chicago this November.