New Zealand assistant coach Ian Foster claims his side are still hurting from last October’s defeat to Australia.
The All Blacks had boasted a seven-match winning record over the Wallabies, that stretched back to 2015, but they suffered a 23-18 defeat during the most recent meeting between the two teams in Brisbane at the end of 2017.
New Zealand had already wrapped up last year’s Bledisloe Cup before that defeat – they had beaten Australia twice during the Rugby Championship – but Foster insists the loss still wrangles with the reigning world champions.
“I try to move on but it is still there,” he said. “We saw that after the game, how much it meant to them. It still hurts.”
New Zealand will get their first chance of revenge when the two teams meet in this year’s Rugby Championship opener in Sydney on August 18.
The All Blacks boast an impressive record against the Aussies as they have won 15 of the 19 meetings between the two sides since the 2011 World Cup, but coach Steve Hansen feels his side are underdogs going into this month’s clash.
“We lost to Australia the last time we played them so no doubt they’ll have a lot of self-confidence and are worthy of starting as favourites,” Hansen said.
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