Wallabies captain Stephen Moore has paid tribute to his All Blacks counterpart, Richie McCaw, ahead of Saturday's Rugby Championship decider in Sydney.
Moore sang McCaw's praises as the All Black veteran prepares to equal Brian O’Driscoll’s world record of 141 Test appearances.
“He’s been at the top of the game for a long time," said Moore.
"It’s very tough to stay in the position he has been in for a long time, so I certainly admire and respect that.”
However Moore is focused on his side performing on the big stage in front of more than 70,000 people against the world’s best team.
“It’s our biggest home game of the year," he added.
"We’ll go out there in front of our home fans, and a lot of us will also have our friends and family in the crowd as well, so it’s important for us to represent them in the right way.”
The clash against the All Blacks will be the Wallabies’ final home Test of the year and last game in front of home fans before the 2015 Rugby World Cup kicks off.
Moore hailed his team’s work ethic this week as they look to claim their first ever Rugby Championship title.
“We’ve had a good week of preparation, we’ve trained hard, we’ve tried to train the way we want to play and I can’t fault the way we’ve prepared,” he added.
Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika has been tinkering with his squad during the first two Test matches of the Rugby Championship in search of his preferred starting line-up ahead of the World Cup.
“Cheik is trying create a broader squad where everyone can play a role," explained Moore.
"We’ve seen that in the first two Tests, and this is a combination that he’s picked to get the job done this week."