All Blacks should be feeling heat: Faingaa

Neda Vanovac, NZ Newswire August 11, 2012, 5:05 am

The World Cup-winning All Blacks face plenty of pressure to retain this year's Bledisloe Cup, according to Wallabies hooker Saia Faingaa.

New Zealand haven't relinquished the silverware since winning the title back in 2003 following Australia's five-year stranglehold on the trans-Tasman trophy.

But Faingaa believes that despite being in the midst of a 10-year series drought, the Wallabies have nothing to lose.

"They've got more pressure than us - they have to retain it. We haven't won it in a decade," he told NZ Newswire.

The 30-man squad for the inaugural Rugby Championship was announced on Tuesday, with coach Robbie Deans mulling combinations for the first game against New Zealand in Sydney on August 18.

One of the contentious positions is at inside centre after incumbent Pat McCabe suffered a leg stress fracture that will sideline him for at least the rest of August.

Saia's hard-tackling twin brother Anthony - along with Waratahs utility back Berrick Barnes and Reds centre Mike Harris - is in the frame to get the nod for the assignment on All Blacks midfield colossus Sonny Bill Williams.

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

Faingaa said Deans had been keeping the backs alert, rotating them through different positions over the past week at training.

"It creates a healthy challenge and always keeps you on your toes, and that's something that drives high standards and is something ... (the Wallabies) haven't really had in the past," said Anthony.

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  1. Adrian01:25pm Sunday 12th August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    This plonker would not rate in the top 8 as a midfielder in this country, why do we even publish what the muppett has to say???

  2. Lefau Des10:53am Sunday 12th August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Typical arrogant ignorant Ozzie. They've said the same thing the last 10 years. Give me break. Keep your comments to yourselves until you win something. Go the AB's! Should be an interesting comp with Argentina in the mix.

  3. Tala11:26pm Saturday 11th August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    lols my #$%$.!!! who won the super 15? a nz side,didnt they say this last year as well lols wallabies are good at cheap talk

  4. Wayne07:31pm Saturday 11th August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Deans has a better chance of falling pregneant than winning the Bledisloe.

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  5. handsome07:17pm Saturday 11th August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    talk all you want about how good this or that team is how that player is a plonker or a iconic sportsman but the one undeniable fact is that i am the handsomest and am pure eye candy to the women of this world ,you all should realize how lucky you are to have me among such a bunch of ugly sods such as YOU,

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  6. Huntsman06:24pm Saturday 11th August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Ohhhh puleeezzzzzeee!!!!!.............

  7. Perplexed06:17pm Saturday 11th August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    I hope you are right Will but it ain`t started let alone finished yet ah,& they do have a great & onvative couch ah.

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  8. will06:11pm Saturday 11th August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Must be Bledisloe Cup time again. The AB's continue to beat these clowns regularly and like clockwork some idiot like Faingaa, who would struggle to make an NPC side, comes out with the same non sensical rubbish. If these games were decided in the media the Aussies would be unbeatable.

  9. il Duce05:56pm Saturday 11th August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Tosser tom, stuck in a time warp of six years ago, dribbling poooos again!

  10. ron04:45pm Saturday 11th August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    tom...or they could simply delete the opportunity to comment anywhere. After all it is their site and we wouldn't have to listen to you!

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