Rising Australia hope to expose Carter absence
Published 17/07/2009 | 00:00
The small matter of the Lions tour now out of the way (in southern hemisphere eyes, at least), the spotlight now turns onto the 2009 Tri-Nations, starting in Auckland tomorrow.
New Zealand against Australia is to the first match of a new Tri-Nations campaign, what Liverpool v Manchester United would represent on the opening day of a Premier League season.
New Zealand bring some intimidating artillery to this contest. They have been Tri-Nations champions for four successive years, have won 57 of 66 matches under Graham Henry's tutelage and have won the Bledisloe Cup against Australia five successive times.