Rugby World Cup 2019: Aussie media swipes at 'desperate' All Blacks over Bledisloe changes

  • 15/08/2019

The Australian media is certainly taking advantage of the fallout from the All Blacks 21-point loss to the Wallabies in Perth.

And who could blame them, given how mediocre their rugby side has been the past decade.

Scribes across the ditch have hammered Steve Hansen and his selectors, claiming New Zealand are in panic mode in an attempt to keep the Bledisloe Cup where it has rested for 16 years.

Fox Sports' morning headline read: "All Blacks panicking as big names dropped." 

Reporter Christy Doran wrote: "In a decision that points to panic, wingers Ben Smith and Rieko Ioane and prop Owen Franks have been dropped, while there are two more changes to the starting XV, after the injury to centre Jack Goodhue and ban to Scott Barrett." 

Rugby World Cup 2019: Aussie media swipes at 'desperate' All Blacks over Bledisloe changes

Daily Telegraph reporter Jamie Pandaram labelled the All Blacks a "desperate" side and echoed the narrative of a side in disarray, writing "rarely has there been such panic in New Zealand over the state of the All Blacks".

"Few could have imagined an All Blacks side without Ben Smith or [Rieko] Ioane, but the desperate All Blacks selectors have rolled the dice and left both out of the squad in favour of the dynamic [Sevu] Reece and workhorse [George] Bridge," Pandaram wrote. 

"The eight changes to last week's team suggest there are serious misgivings about the direction of the All Blacks."

A win for the Wallabies would create history on two fronts - they haven't won at Eden Park since 1986, nor beaten the All Blacks in two consecutive tests since 2001.

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