Australia vs. New Zealand: 5 Key Battles That Will Shape Bledisloe Cup

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Australia vs. New Zealand: 5 Key Battles That Will Shape Bledisloe Cup
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New Zealand travel to Sydney to defend their Bledisloe title with both sides aiming to extend winning runs.

Australia have not lost since the opening match of their November tour at Twickenham, with seven wins on the bounce. The All Blacks are in world-record territory, hunting their 18th straight victory in this Rugby Championship curtain-raiser.

With both sides winning all three summer Tests and both countries producing finalists in this season’s Super 15 tournament, we are effectively watching the form players on the planet battle it out this weekend.

Here are the key matchups that will mould the 80 minutes.

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