McKenzie acknowledges NZ challenge

Date published: June 22 2014

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Australia head coach Ewen McKenzie is more than aware of the challenge in front of the Wallabies to stop the All Blacks' winning run.

Australia head coach Ewen McKenzie is more than aware of the challenge in front of the Wallabies to stop the All Blacks' winning run.

New Zealand made it 17 straight Test wins after defeating England 36-13 in Hamilton on Saturday, matching the all-time record for consecutive victories in international rugby.

Next up for Steve Hansen's men are the Wallabies in Sydney, with McKenzie acknowledging that to win Australia will need to get everything right.

“There's no mortgage on these sorts of things. They've obviously dominated for a period of time and they're not going to hand it over,” said McKenzie.

“We've got to go out there and win it. We've got to get everything right.

“We're going to have to put up with lots of people talking and speculating about our prospects. It won't be coming from us.

“The reality of the task is that you're playing against the number one side in the world.”

McKenzie expects to have a number of players back at his disposal for the contest to give Australia the best possible preparation.

“Fitness will be a big part of the equation for both teams,” added McKenzie.

“We've developed our depth and different types of options. Sam Carter should be back, Joe Tomane will be available, Luke Burgess has come back early and Will Genia is a chance. We're preparing ourselves as best we can.”

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