Tonight's Bledisloe Cup test at Eden Park will be the last chance for the All Blacks to put their skills on display before the naming of the End of Year tour squad tomorrow.
There's a world record on the line with a 17 test consecutive win streak at bay, as the side heads into their final game in New Zealand for the year and the All Blacks are ready to do battle.
Kieran Read, All Blacks Captain says, “From our point of view it was recovery coming back from our trip and there's no bigger game than us playing at Eden Park against the Aussies.”
Tonight's Bledisloe Cup final test match at Eden Park is quickly approaching with an attempt to win a world record 18th consecutive test rugby game only hours away.
Dane Coles, Ngāti Porou says, “It's pretty motivating to create a bit of history and everyones working as hard as we can so we can go out and perform.”
For a large part of this week, the All Blacks have been scrutinised by commentators as to whether or not they can claim the record.
Beauden Barrett, All Blacks first five, “We're on edge, we're ready to go, like I said we're aware of what's up for grabs.”
It isn't the first time the All Blacks have reached the level of 17 consecutive test wins. The first of the streaks was in 1965, and the second in 2013.
Coles, says, “Both times the All Blacks have got close, the Aussies have tripped us up so we know that they'll be keen to get up and end that run.”
The All Blacks will name their end of year tour squad tomorrow.