Event Details


All Blacks v South Africa

Eden Park, Auckland

7:35 PM


Good start vital for All Blacks

Having its first two Investec Tri Nations Tests against South Africa at home was a big chance for New Zealand to set the pace towards winning the competition this year.
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Harmony the key at back

All Blacks coach Graham Henry said it was vital that harmony of spirit was seen among the back three players in his side when he outlined his reasons for preferring wing Joe Rokocoko to other claimants for a Test position in the Investec Tri Nations.
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Smith: All Blacks will be different

All Blacks assistant coach Wayne Smith said he couldn't say whether the Springboks or Wallabies would play differently to last year in the Investect Tri Nations given the law changes, but he did say that New Zealand would be different.
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Boks have to start over again

South Africa coach Peter de Villiers says his side's success in last year's Investec Tri Nations will count for nothing when it begins its title defence against New Zealand in Auckland on Saturday.
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Hansen: First two Tests vital

To win the Investec Tri Nations, the All Blacks must win their opening two Test matches against the world champion Springboks.
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All Blacks team named for first Test against South Africa

All Blacks Coach Graham Henry and his Assistant Coaches Steve Hansen and Wayne Smith have named their team for the opening Test of the Investec Tri Nations against South Africa at Eden Park, Auckland, on Saturday 10 July.
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Loss of Investec Tri Nations will fire up ABs - Smit

South African skipper John Smit is sure New Zealand's loss of the Investec Tri Nations crown last year will mean the home side will be fired up when the tournament starts in Auckland on Saturday night.
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Springboks tests regaining special aura - Smith

Centre Conrad Smith believes Tests between the Springboks and All Blacks have started to recapture their special aura of old.
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No change in pressure for Cowan

All Blacks halfback Jimmy Cowan is expecting no lessening in pressure from halfback rival Ricky Januarie in the absence of outstanding Springbok Fourie du Preez for Saturday's first Investec Tri Nations Test at Eden Park.
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Old firm reunited in midfield

All Blacks centre Conrad Smith is not expecting too much to be different in the South African approach for Saturday's first Investec Tri Nations Test at Eden Park.
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