We’re set for a blockbuster clash between the Qantas Wallabies and All Blacks tonight at Eden Park, with the winner taking home the Bledisloe Cup!
Here’s 15 fun facts that you might not have known heading in the Bledisloe Cup decider.
- If the Wallabies win, they will break the All Blacks 15-match winning streak against the Wallabies at Eden Park.
- The Wallabies will jump ahead of Ireland in the World Rugby Rankings if they can defeat the All Blacks.
- The men in gold will be looking to achieve back-to-back victories over New Zealand for the first time since 2001.
- Before last weekend’s Test, the Wallabies hadn’t beaten the All Blacks in 4 years (27 Aug 2011 in Brisbane).
- Adam Ashley-Cooper has scored more tries against New Zealand (9) than any other player. He touched down in each of the last two meetings between the nations.
- Australia and New Zealand have played against each other 25 times at Eden Park with the All Blacks having lost just 4 of those matches.
- The Wallabies are aiming to lift the Bledisloe Cup for the first time since 2002 when they claimed the Cup for the fifth time in a row.
- Australia has scored 2+ tries in each of their last nine Tests.
- So far in 2015 when Michael Hooper and David Pocock have both been on the field, the Wallabies have accumulated +50 points. When one or both have been off the field the Wallabies have been down -13 points.
- The last win for the Wallabies in New Zealand against the All Blacks came on the 11th of August 2001 in Dunedin.
- Australia last beat the All Blacks at Eden Park on the 6th of September 1986.
- The Wallabies and the All Blacks have faced off against each other 177 times in history, with the All Blacks winning 122 of the ties, Drawing 7 and the Wallabies winning 48.
- The All Blacks have not lost at Eden Park since 1994 against France, remaining undefeated at the venue in their last 34 appearances. This is the longest winning streak at a single home venue.
- The All Blacks have won 84% of their home games, the best of any home venue in the World.
- David Pocock will notch up his 50th Test cap tonight. A huge achievement after being stuck on 46 caps for almost three years, due to constant knee injuries.
Australian fans can watch the match LIVE on FOX SPORTS and the Ten Network from 5:30pm AEST!