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18.July.2009

All Blacks v Australia

Auckland

7:35 PM

22-16

So'oialo raring to go

Rodney So'oialo has likened his enforced time away from the All Blacks squad to a child not being allowed to play with his mates.
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Henry: No extra pressure

Graham Henry says he is feeling no greater pressure heading into this year's Investec Tri Nations than he has in his previous campaigns against Australia and South Africa.
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Tuquiri loss will harden Australia's resolve - Smith

All Blacks assistant coach Wayne Smith doubts Lote Tuqiri's fall from grace will cloud the Wallabies' focus as they prepare for the Investec Tri Nations and Bledisloe Cup test at Eden Park on Saturday.
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No Tuqiri no aid to All Blacks

All Blacks backs coach Wayne Smith is not counting on the saga surrounding Lote Tuqiri's sacking to work in New Zealand's favour come kick-off at Eden Park on Saturday.
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All Blacks team to play Australia named

All Blacks Coach Graham Henry and his Assistant Coaches Steve Hansen and Wayne Smith have named the All Blacks team to play the opening Investec Tri Nations - Bledisloe Cup Test against Australia at Eden Park, Auckland, this Saturday, 18 July.
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Donald's experience pivotal in close call

Pragmatism won out over panache, experience over X-factor, when Stephen Donald was rewarded with the All Blacks' starting pivot role for Saturday's Investec Tri Nations/Bledisloe Cup opener at Eden Park.
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ABs did not fool us at No.10 says Deans

Some Wallabies players expected Luke McAlister, but their coach Robbie Deans insists he isn't surprised by the All Blacks taking the safe option of Stephen Donald at first five-eighth.
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Eden Park sold out

Eden Park will be a full house for Saturday night's opening match in the Investec Tri Nations and first Bledisloe Cup encounter for 2009.
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Franks pushes up props pecking order

Owen Franks made his Test debut in the second half of one of the All Blacks' least impressive outings in recent memory at Christchurch on June 27, but the 21-year-old tighthead prop showed enough vigour to retain his place on the reserves bench for the Bledisloe Cup Test against Australia on Saturday.
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McCaw expected for 80 minutes

A much more experienced All Blacks forward pack will run out against Australia in their Investec Tri Nations opener at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday night with captain Richie McCaw and No.8 Rodney So'oialo both being named in the starting XV.
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