Hansen issues rallying cry
New Zealand boss Steve Hansen believes the home support in Auckland will give his side a huge lift for their clash with Australia.
Having beaten the Wallabies 27-19 in Sydney last weekend, the All Blacks return to home soil on Saturday in the second round of matches in the Rugby Championship. Eden Park has not been a happy hunting ground for the Australians who have not won there since 1986. Hansen has called on the home supporters to give the All Blacks a boost to claim their second win of the competition and continue their decent record against their old rivals. He said: "Playing in front of our home crowd is always exciting for the All Blacks. "The fans are important to us and getting the opportunity to play a home Test is one we cherish. "We are expecting that Australia will take a step up in their intensity after last weekend's loss and we will have to be ready for that challenge."