Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)
NZ TO DEFEND BLEDISLOE CUP
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).