Dagg: Wallabies will come out firing
INTERVIEW: New Zealand fullback Israel Dagg is expecting a lot from Australia when the two meet for the opening Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup Test in Sydney on Saturday.
Dagg had struggled with injuries since missing out on the 2015 World Cup and is well aware of the influence the Wallabies' overseas-based players may have on the encounter.
The All Blacks have retained the Bledisloe cup for 13 consecutive years and Dagg knows that the Wallabies are desperate to win it back.
"It's [Bledisloe Cup] a special trophy that Australia are dying for and we are dying to keep it, so it's going to be tough out there. Guys are going to be throwing their bodies around and there's going to be times when we're under pressure but that's why we play the game because you want to be at the top.
"It doesn't get any bigger," Dagg said.
The All Blacks know what to expect from an Australian side that they are hurting after their June Series loss to England. The Wallabies will look to try and test the All Blacks with new ploys, however, Dagg said Test rugby is about playing the best players in the world alongside your mates.
"When it gets to the 80th minute and you've played well and you've defended your hearts out, that's where you get enjoyment out of, just really going to battle with your mates. We've had a few weeks preparing for this so we fully know what to expect from them. They're going to come out firing," he added.