Some reading this may be too young to remember the last time the Wallabies were able to secure a victory over the All Blacks at the Kiwi’s home ground of Eden Park. Anyone younger than 35 – 40 will be too young, since it is not since 1986 that the Aussies successfully invaded the Kiwi’s island and came home with an international rugby win.
It is not for want of trying. Sixteen Tests have taken place in Auckland since Andrew Slack and Alan Jones engineered a Wallabies win.
The Aussies are not singular in their frustration. The All Blacks are well nigh invincible, with a 35-Test win streak, a record setting mark. The Wallabies can count the number of times they have tasted success on one hand. Just five times in 29 attempts.
The All Blacks last lost at Eden Park in 1994, when the French ruggers slipped by 23 – 20.
Prior to Eden Park, Carisbrook in Dunedin was the other petard on which the Wallabies often found themselves hoist, as they won only once there in 12 tries.
Another place the Aussie Test side should put on their Do Not Visit list is in South Africa, Pretoria to be exact, where the inhospitable Loftus Versfeld (literally: field where lofty aspirations quickly perish) has yet to see a Wallabies victory recorded.