All Blacks claim they're wary of Wallabies

Aaron Smith is in the All Blacks side as they look to retain the title they won in last year's edition

While Hansen has made the occasional left-field calls in his selections since taking over in 2012, he also sticks with what he knows and the squad for the next World Cup will probably start to take shape from this year's Rugby Championship. "I'm sure - he's played on the big stage before in rugby league so I'm sure he'll handle it, no problem".

The fall-out for the Australian Rugby Union is stark, with its chief executive Bill Pulver announcing his resignation and more changes likely to follow.

Starters: 15-Damian McKenzie, 14-Ben Smith, 13-Ryan Crotty, 12-Sonny Bill Williams, 11-Rieko Ioane, 10-Beauden Barrett, 9-Aaron Smith, 8-Kieran Read (captain), 7-Sam Cane, 6-Liam Squire, 5-Sam Whitelock, 4-Brodie Retallick, 3-Owen Franks, 2-Codie Taylor, 1-Joe Moody.

"They had that the whole week. That's serious stuff to be accusing people of and it's not true", coach Michael Cheika said last October. I wouldn't be smart enough to get that sort of stuff organised. "I am too busy working on my own thing".

It provided an obvious template for Michael Cheika's underdog Wallabies, with the coach already signalling his team's ambition to pressure the All Blacks wherever possible in pursuit of a boilover at ANZ Stadium.

"It's shone a bit of light on the whole situation with the Force and to be able to play for Australia is going to be massive for me and it's really helped me focus on the now and focus on footy".

That inability to put away the Lions raised doubts whether the All Blacks' era of dominance was on the wane after they were shocked by Ireland 40-29 in Chicago last November.

SMITH: "I'm alone for couple hours would u come to a park opposite my house?"

NZ Rugby has already announced this week that it is reopening an investigation into the original sex scandal, after a claim by the woman involved that Smith offered her money to sign an affidavit which would have falsely claimed they did not have sex in the airport toilet.

The woman concerned says she kept quiet to protect Smith's career.

"I'm also sorry to my teammates, the NZRU and the New Zealand fans".

The All Blacks team media manager refused entry to a Daily Mail reporter at Hansen's press conference on Thursday, telling him that only "accredited media" were welcome to ask questions.

Williams, however, chose to concentrate on rugby sevens past year and then ruptured his Achilles tendon in his first match at the Rio Games.

"He is not injured, he could have played if we had really wanted him to", said Hansen.

"The third thing that makes the really unsafe is their desire to try to help Australian rugby and at the moment it has a bit of a cloud over it and they haven't won the Bledisloe in a long time".

Hansen's side completed a clean sweep against Australia previous year as they romped to the Rugby Championship title, racking up 108 points across the three Tests.

Crowds tumbled at Super Rugby matches as Australian teams struggled, from 643 790 in 2015 to just over 400 000 this year, while the host broadcaster reported a decline of more than 800 000 viewers from the previous year.

At the time, Smith downplayed the incident, saying it was a one-off, but apparent Facebook messages have been published that appear to show there is more to the story - and suggest that officials weren't given the whole truth.

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