Reds twins claim pressure on AllBlacks

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James Mortimer     11 Aug 2012     Getty Images

The current tenure is the second longest in Bledisloe history, still short of the 28 years which the All Blacks held it from 1951 to 1978, but in the last nine years the ledger between the two sides stands at 21-6 in favour of New Zealand.

Queensland hooker Saia Faingaa, who is expected to clash with Brumbies rake Stephen Moore for a starting berth, confidently told AAP that there was no pressure on the Wallabies.

He felt that the All Blacks, as decade long holders, were under all the pressure.

"They've got more pressure than us," he said.

"They have to retain it. We haven't won it in a decade."

While Saia is fighting with the Brumbies centurion in the front row, his brother Anthony could line up in the midfield for the Wallabies, especially with Pat McCabe ruled out.

If Berrick Barnes is named at first five-eighth as widely expected, and Quade Cooper doesn't feature in the starting team, then it is believed that either Mike Harris or Anthony Faingaa will line up at second five-eighth.

Whoever that player is, they will lineup against either Sonny Bill Williams or Ma'a Nonu.

Anthony Faingaa said that there was plenty of competition within the Wallabies squad.

"Obviously it's disappointing for Patty (McCabe being injured), but at the same time it's a great opportunity for the backs to step up and take ownership of that centre partnership," he said.

"No one's really got a lockdown on their position at the moment, so for us it's a great opportunity."
"That's going to create a great culture and attitude.  It creates a healthy challenge and always keeps you on your toes, and that's something that drives high standards."
All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster felt that the Wallabies had an edge considering two of the three Bledisloe Cups were on Australian soil.