Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

NZ TO DE­FEND BLEDIS­LOE CUP

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New Zealand have won 11 of their last 13 Tests against Aus­tralia (L2), in­clud­ing a 36-0 win in their last en­counter (17 Au­gust 2019); the All Blacks have lost only one of their last six games against Aus­tralia af­ter hav­ing kept them score­less in their pre­vi­ous meet­ing (W4, D1).

This will be the sixth meet­ing be­tween New Zealand and Aus­tralia at Sky Sta­dium in Test rugby and the first since Au­gust 2016; the All Blacks have won each of the last four en­coun­ters be­tween these teams at the Welling­ton venue.

New Zealand have won only one of their last four Tests at Sky Sta­dium in Welling­ton, de­feat­ing France there in June 2018; they eked out a draw against South Africa as well as de­feats to the Spring­boks and Bri­tish & Irish Lions in that stretch.

Aus­tralia have won three of their last five Tests played away from home (L2), more than they had won in their 11 Tests out­side Aus­tralia prior (W2, L9).

New Zealand have won seven of their last eight Tests, los­ing only to Eng­land at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in that stretch; in fact, they've lost only one of their last 13 Tests on home turf (W10, D2).

Aus­tralia have fin­ished three of their last six Tests with a 100% li­ne­out suc­cess rate on their own throw, as many times as they had done so in their 22 Tests prior.

New Zealand have not lost a scrum on their own feed in any of their last 22 Tests, win­ning a to­tal of 138 scrums in that time; their last scrum loss with the feed came against France in June 2018.

Dane Haylett-petty (Aus­tralia) has crossed for a try in each of his last four Test starts for Aus­tralia for a to­tal of five tries in that time.

Jordie Bar­rett (New Zealand) has scored three tries in his two pre­vi­ous Test ap­pear­ances at Sky Sta­dium in Welling­ton and has a to­tal of 11 tries from his 17 Test ap­pear­ances over­all thus far in his ca­reer.

Michael Hooper (Aus­tralia) is set to play his 100th Test for Aus­tralia, be­com­ing the 12th player to reach the mark for the Wal­la­bies; his 46 games as cap­tain are the third-most of any player for the coun­try

(Gre­gan 59, Eales 55).

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