+ on ABs.com : the Captain comments the Bledisloe Cup (I can't add the link)
Rugby: History on AB's side ahead of Tri Nations decider
Fri, 20 Jul 2007 06:59p.m.
There will be plenty on the line, when the All Blacks take on the Wallabies at Eden Park tomorrow night.
They will be playing for the Tri Nations title, the Bledisloe Cup and bragging rights ahead of the World Cup.
The All Blacks have held the Bledisloe since 2003 and have no intention of letting it slip now.
“Every time you play for it now you don't want to forget what its like when you haven't got it and hopefully the performance we will put in tomorrow is one that is worthy of that because it is bloody tough to win back,” Captain Richie McCaw told 3 News.
The All Blacks will be aiming for a performance without the errors which have affected them throughout the Tri Nations.
''I guess it is a measuring stick for the future as well, so it is a good fixture to have at this point in time. If we win it, that’s good. If we lose it ... well you've got to do some analysing before you go to France,'' coach Graham Henry said.
The game will be the last on home soil for a number of All Blacks. And while Henry says there is no room for nostalgia, he admits to getting a little sentimental over Eden Park.
''When I came back from Wales I did, I walked out here after four years away and thought this is home. So you get sentimental occasionally but when you're involved in the heat of the battle sentiment goes. You are concentrating on the task.''
History will be against the Australians tomorrow night though. They have not won at Eden Park in 21 long years.
When you attend a match, you don't think about it in the first place, but food is very important!
Catering for a sell-out Eden Park match
Fri, 20 Jul 2007 11:48a.m.
Catering for a big rugby game requires a lot of food and effort.
Hyundai Sports Tonight's Penny Ydgren went to find out what it takes to cut the mustard for a sell-out 46,000 fans at Eden Park.
Rugby: Dirt trackers take a brake
Fri, 20 Jul 2007 07:02p.m.
For those All Blacks that didn't take part in the Captains Run today the pace was a little quicker. The seven non-playing reserves spent the day hooning around Pukekohe race track.
**John Schwalger and Troy Flavell, do you need a driver? coz I'm sure I've some applicants here. Just e-mail me ( email@example.com ) and I'll send you some addresses. I'm sure those guys would have loved washing the dishes at the Eden park with the cute reporter today instead of showing the world they couldn't control a car!!!
**Congratulations to Andrew Hore (to whom I wanted to apoligize --see Wales vs. NZ last November : he got a yellow card and I didn't know who he was at that time. Now I know who Andrew is -so I must say: "Sorry, Andrew")
ps : dont forget the fan survey