Oz don't 'respect' All Blacks

2011-08-03 07:30
Steve Hansen (AP)
Wellington - All Blacks assistant coach Steve Hansen says the Wallabies no longer fear the All Blacks and probably don't even respect them, but that won't be New Zealand's motivation when the teams meet in a Tri-Nations rugby match on Saturday.

Australia has been bullish this week about the chances of its talented young team beating New Zealand in New Zealand for the first time in 11 years and at Auckland's Eden Park - venue for this year's World Cup final - for the first time since 1986.

Australian selector David Nucifora said because most of the current Wallabies are young and new to international rugby they are unaffected by hoodoos or history.

Nucifora said young Wallabies were more likely to be excited by the challenge of playing New Zealand than daunted.

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