18 Jul 2009

All Blacks brace for tactical kicking duel

12:20 pm on 18 July 2009

Conditions are likely to be tough at Eden Park for tonight's Tri-Nations and Bledisloe Cup series opener after heavy rain this morning.

A cold sou'wester's forecast but the showers are meant to ease -- however the All Blacks and the Wallabies will find tactical kicking even more important in slippery conditions.

The All Blacks head coach Graham Henry says the weather could dictate tactics and the Australians have kicking options right through their backline.