Cape Town - The
Wallabies will join the All Blacks for a beer in their dressing room
after the second Bledisloe Cup Test in Auckland on Saturday, in a sign the teams are willing to
put sportsmanship ahead of a sometimes-bitter rivalry.
According to the Stuff website's Georgina Robinson, after the two coaches - Australia's Michael Cheika and New Zealand's Steve Hansen - traded barbs on the subject of Sam Whitelock's
100th cap celebration this week, Australian captain Michael Hooper on
Friday revealed the Wallabies had accepted an invitation from the home
side to join them for a post-match beer.
It is understood All Blacks team manager Darren Shand contacted
Wallabies manager Pat Molihan with the proposal.
Hooper said the team
would also take the opportunity to congratulate All Blacks prop Owen
Franks on reaching 100 Tests.
don't know how they're doing it (celebrating Franks), but we're going
into the change room after the match and I'm sure everyone will pay
their respects to an amazing career that he's had so far," Hooper said.
The Wallabies have been criticised in sections of New Zealand media -
and by Hansen himself on Thursday - for failing to join en masse
Whitelock's unofficial 100th Test celebration on the pitch in Sydney
Hooper and four other Australians - Bernard Foley, Will Genia, Pete
Samu and skills coach Mick Byrne - joined in, but other players were
already in the dressing rooms or with their families in the stands.
The Bledisloe Cup is on the line at Eden Park on Saturday, with a New
Zealand win sealing a 16th straight series win for the All Blacks.
The All Blacks won the series opener 38-13 in Sydney last Saturday.
Kick-off at a sold-out Eden Park is at 09:35 (SA time).
Jordie Barrett, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11
Waisake Naholo, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read
(captain), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Squire, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie
Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody
16 Nathan Harris, 17 Karl Tu'inukuafe, 18 Ofa Tuungafasi, 19 Scott
Barrett, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Damian McKenzie, 23 Anton
Haylett-Petty, 14 Jack Maddocks, 13 Reece Hodge, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11
Marika Koroibete, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Will Genia, 8 David Pocock, 7
Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Lukhan Tui, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Izack Rodda, 3
Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Scott Sio
Folau Faingaa, 17 Tom Robertson, 18 Sekope Kepu, 19 Rob Simmons, 20
Pete Samu, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Matt Toomua, 23 Tom Banks