AllBlacks return to the Garden of Eden

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James Mortimer     20 Aug 2012     Getty Images

Round Two of The Investec Rugby Championship sees the trans-Tasman rivals play a return match, this time at Eden Park in Auckland.

Twice at New Zealand's largest rugby stadium the All Blacks have won the World Cup, while their unbeaten record against Australia there now goes back to 1986.

Indeed, France were the last team to be successful at Eden Park, one of only ten visiting sides to win there, and that was back in 1994, and barely a month later the Springboks claimed a 18-18 draw against the All Blacks.

Since then, a win 73-7 win against Canada in 1995 began a 28-match winning streak that still stands, with the most recent scalps being Ireland in the first test of the Steinlager Series - while all three of the All Blacks knockout opponents in the Rugby World Cup (Argentina, Australia and France) all played in Auckland.

Two other records have been set with the first test win to the All Blacks, with captain Richie McCaw now claiming the best record (22 victories) against any one nation in rugby history.

The Wallabies Nathan Sharpe has now lost to the All Black 19 times, a record by any single player against a solitary nation.

Robbie Deans and his troops must win to keep the 2012 Bledisloe Cup series alive, with the third match in Brisbane after The Investec Rugby Championship.