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Hansen hints at strong All Blacks to face Aussies

3rd August 2019, 16:22 by Neil Foster

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen will look to field a full-strength side when they play Australia in the Rugby Championship.

The All Blacks have yet to spark in the 2019 southern hemisphere competition, securing an unconvincing 20-16 triumph over Argentina before drawing 16-16 with South Africa last time out.

The 60-year-old tactician has been mixing up his starting XVs to try and find the right combination ahead of the World Cup, with this year's Rugby Championship an abridged tournament due to the Japan showpiece.

However, it will be back to business when they face the Aussies for the Bledisloe Cup in Perth on August 10.

"We know we always improve, the more games we have. How much? We'll have to wait and see," he told reporters.

"We'll look to start building various combinations that we want to look at and probably put the strongest-looking side that we can together over the next couple of weeks.

"The message to the team is keep believing in what we're doing and be patient."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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