Why Michael Hooper won’t tell Lachlan Swinton to peel back the aggro

“That’s what he will be thinking, for sure – and bringing what he knows.”

Hooper also has little doubt the new look back-row – in which Rob Valetini has shifted to No. 8, forcing Harry Wilson to the bench – will have the desired impact as the Wallabies search for a way to win the physicality battle.

“Swinno’s been great. He looks in great shape, good form and can’t wait to get into tomorrow night,” Hooper said.

“Bobby’s (Valetini) been really improving and going from strength to strength at this level. I don’t think you will see much different out of him, even though he’s wearing the No. 8 on his back as opposed to No. 6.

“His presence around ‘D’ and in attack, hopefully we can give him more of it.”

Much of the talk between the opening two Bledisloe Tests has been about whether the Wallabies or All Blacks should be feeling the pressure this week.

Jordan Uelese cheekily suggested no New Zealand player wants to be associated with the first loss against the Wallabies at Eden Park in 35 years.


All Blacks coach Ian Foster responded by noting that the match was do-or-die for the Australians.

Meanwhile, Rennie claimed there is no fear factor – only respect – for their trans-Tasman rivals.

And Hooper followed suit ahead of his 29th Test against the All Blacks.

“We do respect New Zealand and the All Blacks, but we don’t fear them,” he said.

“We’re going out there to impose our game on these guys. It’s Australia versus New Zealand rugby. That’s what it is.”

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