Slipper says Wallabies are up for the Bledisloe challenge

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In a two-Test series, they need to win both in Melbourne and at Eden Park on Saturday week to reclaim the Cup they lost in 2002.


Australia skipper James Slipper told, that he felt the pressure was on the All Blacks to retain the trophy while his team has several young players who hadn't gone through the last 15-20 years playing the All Blacks.


"They've had some great teams over the past years, and this one is as strong.


"Our players are just excited to get out there. They haven't played the All Blacks consistently, so it sets up a really good match because we're coming here to perform, and I'm sure the All Blacks are too."


Slipper said watching Australian sides defend the Bledisloe Cup before 2002 was what inspired him to want to be a Wallaby. He knows they have the chance to impress Australia's future players.

It is the first time he will captain Australia against New Zealand.


"It's always a big game when you play the All Blacks, but leading the boys out is a proud moment.


"At the end of the day, we want to inspire players around the country, and we've got a job to do, and we know that.


"We understand how big these games are for the rugby community. It's been 20 years, I've never won it, and it's one thing talking about winning it, but it's another thing doing it.


"I'm not interested in going down the path of, 'we're going out there to win'. We've got to make sure to do it on the field instead of in front of the media."


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