NZ out to hunt Bokke for record win



October 5, 2016
NZ out to hunt Bokke for record win

UP FOR IT: Ben Smith

All Black are chasing a world record and the Springboks are right in their firing line.

The All Blacks are out to make history this weekend, by equalling the world record for most Test wins in a row.

There has been some talk about the All Blacks fielding a weakened team against South Africa in Durban on Saturday after making wholesale changes to their match-day squad for last weekend’s win over Argentina. (kickoff 5.05pm)

But their stars want to hear none of it.

Vice-captain Ben Smith, who has played every single Test for the All Blacks this year, is one of the players who can’t think of missing the game against their rivals.

A win for the All Blacks will see them match the world record for the most consecutive Test match wins by a Tier One nation – 17.

And Smith wants to be part of it.

He tells a radio station in New
Zealand: “I’m feeling good and the body is all in one piece. I hope I play, but that’s not up to me, that’s up to the coaches.

“We know how big the challenge is to play in Argentina and then South Africa, and I think that’s what excites the team.”

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