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Clash of the southern hemisphere titans


Clash of the southern hemisphere titans


Australia arrived at their hotel in Auckland on Monday ahead of their rugby world cup semi-final with old foe New Zealand this weekend.

The Wallabies, who won this season’s Tri Nations tournament, have played the All Blacks only twice at the World Cup in 1991 and 2003.

Both were at the semi final stage and both won by Australia.

Coach Robbie Deans said: “We know each other well, as teams. There is a huge amount of history, There is no more history than that between the Wallabies and the All Blacks. And there is a lot of history at World Cup time so it is going to be great.”

The hopes of a nation are resting upon the shoulders of the Blacks.

Despite the tournament hosts struggling to reach top gear whilst also suffering a number of injuries to key players coach Graham Henry believes his men have the right mentality to get the job done.

Henry said: “You’ve just to make sure the guys have got a full tank on Sunday and have got good clarity. They’ve played a lot of football but I think they are in good shape up here’‘

Both sides ground out wins to reach the last four with Australia battling past defending champions South Africa and New Zealand downing a stubborn Argentina.

The pair will square off in the second of the two tournament semi-finals at Eden Park on Sunday.

On Saturday Wales take on France in the other semi also in Auckland.

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