Wallabies, All Blacks to share post-Bledisloe beers in Franks' honour

The Rugby Championship
by Sam Phillips

The Wallabies and All Blacks will share a post Bledisloe beer for the first time in recent memory on Saturday.

The two sides haven't shared post match coldies for some time - neither party can recall exactly when - but the All Blacks have extended the olive branch, doubling as a celebration for 100 Test prop Owen Franks.

It was an invitation the Wallabies were happy to accept after a week filled with chatter about the their "snub" of Sam Whitelock's 100th cap presentation.

The relationship between the two camps has been frosty for several seasons, with mysterious bugs, front-page clown pictures and endless tensions.

"We're going into the change room after the match and I'm sure everyone will pay their respects to an amazing career that he (Franks) has had so far," Hooper said.

"I'm sure he's got more in the tank.Tom Banks and the Wallabies will share a beer with the All Blacks after squaring off at Eden Park. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart Walmsley"Every 100 cap is a great opportunity and we'll have an opportunity to do that."

Scott Sio indicated the Australians would also stay on-field in the aftermath of the Auckland Test to show there was no ill-meaning behind the "snub" in Sydney.

"I didn’t play so I didn’t know what we had planned so we didn’t really come onto the field afterward," Sio said of the Whitelock incident.

"It was a huge achievement for Sam.

"I guess we would have liked to have something there for him but unfortunately that time has passed but hopefully we can get something together for him in the future or put something together for him because, as you said, to play 100 games for your country is a huge achievement

"It's something that his country and his family and his playing group were very proud of."Scott Sio can't wait to take on Owen Franks in his 100th Test. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart WalmsleyThe celebration will only start post match, though, with Sio adamant the Wallabies can stick it to Franks at scrum time.

"You don’t play 100 caps for your country if you’re not a quality player," Sio said.

"I felt like considering we lost a couple of props last week, we had one problem in the scrum.

"We got a few penalties against us for collapses, one that we struggled with in particular.

"We’ll step up this week - as will they I imagine if it’s the guy’s 100th cap - so it should be a good battle."

The Wallabies face the All Blacks at Eden Park on Saturday, kicking off at 5:35pm AEST, 7:35pm local, broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS, Channel Ten, RUGBY.com.au radio and Macquarie Sports radio.