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    Bledisloe 3 - 27 October 2018

    Bledisloe Cup series history beckons for All Blacks in Yokohama on Saturday

    Aaron Goile
    08:09, Oct 24 2018


    The prized silverware may already be bagged, but the All Blacks have the chance to make Bledisloe Cup history in their contest against the Wallabies in Japan on Saturday.

    After winning 38-13 in Sydney and 40-12 in Auckland on successive weekends in August, New Zealand made the famous trophy theirs for a 16th straight season, ensuring a dead rubber on neutral turf at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama.

    But, after a two-week break and in their opening assignment of a five-test northern tour, another dominant showing against their struggling trans-Tasman neighbours can push the All Blacks' class of 2018 into the record books in a variety of stats columns.

    BIGGEST SERIES POINTS DIFFERENTIAL
    +81, All Blacks, 2016
    +71, All Blacks, 1972
    +53 All Blacks, 2018 (third)

    New Zealand can record the most dominant series triumph in history if they can better their 25-point and 28-point victories from the opening two tests and win this one by 29.

    Currently the record for biggest points differential in a Bledisloe series stands at +81, achieved just two years ago in the All Blacks' 3-0 clean sweep, where they won 42-8 in Sydney, 29-9 in Wellington and 37-10 in Auckland.

    The 1972 side had a +71 record from their series on home soil (29-6 in Wellington, 30-17 in Christchurch and 38-3 in Auckland), while this year's +53 already ranks third-best.

    New Zealand fill the top 29 spots on the list, with Australia's best effort being the +17 they have twice managed, in their 2-1 series win in 1980 and their 3-0 sweep in 1998.

    MOST TEAM POINTS IN SERIES
    116, All Blacks, 2010 (4 games)
    115, All Blacks, 2013 (3 games)
    78, All Blacks, 2018 (15th-equal)

    In a similar vein, the All Blacks are in with a shout of racking up the most points in a Bledisloe series.
    Neatly, to break new territory they need to score 39 - nestled exactly between the 38 and 40 they notched in the August fixtures.

    The 2010 side hold the record, with 116, though that was from four games. The 115 scored in 2013 came from three - 47-29 in Sydney, 27-16 in Wellington and 41-33 in Dunedin.

    MOST TEAM TRIES IN SERIES
    16, All Blacks, 1972 (3 games)
    16, All Blacks, 2016 (3 games)
    12, All Blacks, 2018 (sixth-equal)

    With five more on Saturday, New Zealand would break new ground for tries scored in a Bledisloe series.

    After dotting down six times at both ANZ Stadium and Eden Park, their 12 this year already ranks sixth-equal on the charts.

    In 2008 and 2010 the All Blacks scored 13 and 14 respectively, but from four matches. Last year's side crossed for 15 in three games, while it's also in three-game series where the record stands - a tie between those 1972 and 2016 units.

    MOST INDIVIDUAL POINTS IN SERIES
    54, Dan Carter, All Blacks, 2009 (3 games)
    52, Dan Carter, All Blacks, 2012 (3 games)
    43, Beauden Barrett, All Blacks, 2018 (sixth-equal)

    MOST INDIVIDUAL TRIES IN SERIES
    5, Beauden Barrett, All Blacks, 2018 (2 games)
    5, Ben Smith, All Blacks, 2013 (3 games)

    All Blacks first five-eighth Beauden Barrett requires 12 points to become the highest points-scorer in a Bledisloe series, while one try would also push him clear of team-mate Ben Smith in the tries count.

    Dan Carter holds the top two spots in the points-scoring stakes - the only times someone has managed a half century. Neither time Carter scored a try in those hauls, kicking six conversions and 14 penalties in 2009, and two conversions and 16 penalties in 2012.

    Carter also sits fifth on the list, with 45 from four games in 2008, and the only others ahead of Barrett are Carlos Spencer (49 from three games in 1997) and Wallaby Matt Giteau (46 from four games in 2009).

    Tries-wise, Smith's five in 2013 was levelled by Barrett after he scored in Sydney then produced that stunning four-for in Auckland.

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    Interesting how quickly the game changes.

    In 2012 the All Blacks scored from 3 tries, 2 conversions and 16 penalties.
    In 2018 the All Blacks have scored 12 tries, 9 conversions and no penalties even attempted (so far).

    Penalties have dropped from 72% of points scored to 0% in 6 years!

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    Coleman out as Naivalu, Dempsey, Kerevi return to face All Blacks
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    by Sam Phillips


    Adam Coleman has suffered a groin injury and will not play in the Wallabies' Bledisloe Cup clash with the All Blacks in Yokohama but both Jack Dempsey and Samu Kerevi are set to make Test returns.

    Coleman did not train at all in the Wallabies' double session on Tuesday and his absence means a recall to the starting XV for Rob Simmons in the second row.

    In more positive news Sefa Naivalu's near 500-day wait between Tests is over.

    The Fijian flyer has been named on the wing in place of Israel Folau, who will start at outside centre in Test rugby for the very first time to cover the loss of Reece Hodge.

    Naivalu suffered a serious ankle injury in the last Test he played - against Italy in Brisbane last year - after scoring a sensational double.

    He hasn't been sighted in the Test arena since, though he has been on the fringes of the wider squad.

    Marika Koroibete, Hodge, Jack Maddocks, Dane Haylett-Petty, Folau and Henry Speight have all had their crack on the wing as Naivalu has been forced to watch on as he battled injuries and inconsistent form.

    But with Hodge out, Haylett-Petty at fullback and Folau at No. 13, the Rebels speedster finally gets a chance to make his mark on Saturday.

    Michael Cheika has made two changes to his pack outside of Coleman's withdrawal.

    Allan Alaalatoa has been promoted to starting loosehead once again in place of Taniela Tupou and Folau Faingaa has earned the nod at hooker with Tatafu Polota-Nau unavailable.

    The biggest change on the pine is the inclusion of Dempsey.

    The Waratahs backrower hasn't played a second of Super Rugby this season and hasn't played Test rugby since the third Bledisloe last year, a game in which he won man of the match honours.

    Dempsey played almost the entire NRC season in his comeback from a horrific hamstring injury and his form showed enough for him to be called into the Bledisloe squad and the initial 24-man group for the match.

    He will provide some much needed line bending ability in the second half if and when Cheika calls his name.

    Kerevi has also been recalled despite playing just 30 minutes of rugby - at the Byron Bay Sevens - since June.

    One of Pete Samu, Rory Arnold, Tom Banks, Dempsey or Kerevi will be omitted from the 24-man bench.

    The All Blacks named their team earlier on Thursday afternoon, with their own list of surprise moves.

    The Wallabies take on the All Blacks in Yokohama on Saturday October 27, kicking off at 3pm local, 5pm AEDT, LIVE on FOX SPORTS, Channel Ten and RUGBY.com.au RADIO.

    TEAM

    Wallabies team to face the All Blacks

    IN: Sefa Naivalu, Rory Arnold, Jack Dempsey, Samu Kerevi, Pete Samu (one to be omitted)
    OUT: Adam Coleman, Reece Hodge, Caleb Timu, Matt Toomua

    1. Scott Sio (51 Tests)
    2. Folau Faingaa (5 Tests)
    3. Allan Alaalatoa (29 Tests)
    4. Izack Rodda (13 Tests)
    5. Rob Simmons (90 Tests)
    6. Ned Hanigan (17 Tests)
    7. Michael Hooper (c) (87 Tests)
    8. David Pocock (74 Tests)
    9. Will Genia (96 Tests)
    10. Bernard Foley (64 Tests)
    11. Marika Koroibete (17 Tests)
    12. Kurtley Beale (80 Tests)
    13. Israel Folau (69 Tests)
    14. Sefa Naivalu (7 Tests)
    15. Dane Haylett-Petty (27 Tests)

    Reserves
    16. Tolu Latu (9 Tests)
    17. Sekope Kepu (99 Tests)
    18. Taniela Tupou (8 Tests)
    19. Rory Arnold (18 Tests)
    20. Jack Dempsey (6 Tests)
    21. Pete Samu (7 Tests)
    22. Nick Phipps (69 Tests)
    23. Samu Kerevi (21 Tests)
    24. Tom Banks (3 Tests)
    *one to be omitted

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    Perenara, McKenzie to start against Wallabies
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    by Sam Phillips


    Damian McKenzie, TJ Perenara and Joe Moody will start for New Zealand among a heap of changes made by coach Steve Hansen for the Yokohama Bledisloe.

    In what will be Sonny Bill Williams' 50th Test Hansen has staggered the return of his fit again stars but sprung a couple of changes in the backs with the inclusion of Perenara and McKenzie.

    Aaron Smith will provide bench cover for the Hurricanes halfback but it is perhaps the shift of Ben Smith to the wing to accommodate McKenzie that will raise most eyebrows.

    Of the returning stars both Moody and Liam Squire will slot straight back into the starting XV, while Brodie Retallick will make his injury comeback from the bench alongside prop Nepo Laulala.

    Flanker Matt Todd also returns to the 23 as bench cover with Ardie Savea promoted to the starting XV after Sam Cane was ruled out with a neck injury.

    Star hooker Dane Coles has not been named in the squad despite rejoining the team in Japan after an injury- riddled year, with the All Blacks keen to take the cautious route with him.

    "We’ll be up against a good Australian team and they’ll be desperate to win, but so are we," Hansen said.

    "We know that they’ll come with a lot of passion and physicality, but our focus this week has been about us and what we want to bring — intensity, skill and a triple threat game.

    "Being well prepared, clear in our roles and excited about the opportunity in playing this one-off Test against Australia in Japan, will be a good start in achieving a quality performance."

    The Wallabies take on the All Blacks in Yokohama on Saturday October 27, kicking off at 3pm local, 5pm AEDT, LIVE on FOX SPORTS, Channel Ten and via RUGBY.com.au RADIO.

    TEAM

    IN: Joe Moody, Liam Squire, Damian McKenzie, Anton Lienert-Brown,Brodie Retallick, Matt Todd, Nepo Laulala,
    OUT: Tim Perry, Shannon Frizell, Sam Cane, Waisake Naholo, Jack Goodhue, Patrick Tuipulotu, Ofa Tuungafasi,

    All Blacks team to face the Wallabies in Japan

    1. Joe Moody (36)
    2. Codie Taylor (38)
    3. Owen Franks (103)
    4. Samuel Whitelock (105)
    5. Scott Barrett (25)
    6. Liam Squire (20)
    7. Ardie Savea (31)
    8. Kieran Read – captain (114)
    9. TJ Perenara (51)
    10. Beauden Barrett (69)
    11. Rieko Ioane (20)
    12. Sonny Bill Williams (49)
    13. Ryan Crotty (41)
    14. Ben Smith (73)
    15. Damian McKenzie (19)

    Reserves
    16. Nathan Harris (18)
    17. Karl Tu’inukuafe (9)
    18. Nepo Laulala (13)
    19. Brodie Retallick (71)
    20. Matt Todd (14)
    21. Aaron Smith (79)
    22. Richie Mo’unga (4)
    23. Anton Lienert-Brown (30)

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    With the possible exception of the props, is there any one of the All Blacks bench who wouldn't improve the Wallaby starting side?

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    It's bad enough Australians dont want to watch the Wallabies but the Japanese?!?!??!

    By Gregor Paul in Tokyo

    The All Blacks are facing the rare prospect of playing in front of a half-empty stadium this weekend with ticket sales for their Yokohama clash with the Wallabies said to be sluggish.

    And by sluggish, Nissan Stadium, which holds 72,000, could have about 40,000 people in it come kick-off.

    But it is not looming as a financial disaster for New Zealand Rugby as they are not in Japan to make money.

    The test is being under-written by the Japanese Rugby Union which means the financial risks and rewards sit with them.

    NZR has previously asked the All Blacks to play tests purely to bank the extra revenue. That was the case when they played a fourth Bledisloe Cup test in Hong Kong in 2008 and 2010 and Tokyo in 2009 and also when they played England at Twickenham in 2012 and Ireland in Chicago in 2016.

    But the test in Yokohama is actually a home game for the All Blacks that NZR has opted to play in Japan instead of New Zealand.

    If they had wanted to make money, they would have played at Eden Park, but they were willing to sacrifice the income so the All Blacks could gain longer exposure to the conditions and venues where they will be playing at next year's World Cup.

    The All Blacks may not be as popular in Japan as many thought. Photo / Photosport
    The All Blacks may not be as popular in Japan as many thought. Photo / Photosport

    A test against Japan on November 3 had long sat on the calendar so it was agreed that it made sense to shift the third Bledisloe to Yokohama, which also meant that the players could have an extra week's rest after returning from South Africa where the All Blacks were for their last Rugby Championship test.

    The finer detail of the financial arrangements around this test haven't been fully divulged but NZR is understood to have set things up to ensure they wouldn't end up out of pocket if ticket sales weren't great.

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    The possibly significant number of empty seats will be more of a concern for the Japanese Rugby Union, who know that next year they will be hosting multiple games that will require strong neutral support.

    If a test featuring two of the best teams in the world can't grab the public imagination then there will be some worried officials about what might happen next year when sides such as Romania and Namibia will be playing at the World Cup.

    It is understood that some tickets are being given away to entice potential rugby converts into the ground this Saturday and that a late sales push could see more people than expected turn up.

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    So the boys club are letting the JRU cover the losses how nice of them.

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    "If a test featuring two of the best teams in the world can't grab the public imagination"

    TWO of the best??

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    Quote Originally Posted by shasta View Post
    "If a test featuring two of the best teams in the world can't grab the public imagination" TWO of the best??
    Yes, the all Blacks and the all Blacks bench

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    Japan have learnt a thing or two from Rebels....give tickets away

    Surely they would have budgeted the RWC for lesser support at neutral venues

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    I think the numbers are a reflection of where the teams are . In other words a sad indictment of Australian Rugby . The Japanese have seen the previous floggings . They know Australia is 7 in the world. In their eyes it doesn’t have the appeal . I reckon All Blacks v Ireland or England would have boosted the numbers significantly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sittingbison View Post
    Japan have learnt a thing or two from Rebels....give tickets away

    Surely they would have budgeted the RWC for lesser support at neutral venues
    Who knows about the RWC games but what we do know is that demand so far has exceeded expectations. They have had to reject ballot applications due to matches approaching capacity.

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    Pete Samu is the omitted player from the original 24, Jack Dempsey stays.

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    so a gy who has been out injured an ebtire season, who hasnt played a single minute of professional rugby for a year, is ok to face the All Blacks after cantering around in semi-pro NRC. In fact for the worst team. No problemo, he'll be fighting match fit and will be our best player no doubt

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