4 Oct 2014

ABs not daunted by Ellis Park

6:44 pm on 4 October 2014

The All Black captain Richie McCaw says his team isn't daunted by the challenge of playing the Springboks ton Sunday in front of a packed Ellis Park.

Richie McCaw takes questions during the captain's run at Ellis Park

Richie McCaw takes questions during the captain's run at Ellis Park Photo: PHOTOSPORT

McCaw, who'll set the record for most All Black appearances, says the New Zealand camp

is excited about the fixture in the Johannesburg cauldron, one of the great stages of world rugby.

The captain says if the All Blacks play well they can use the oppressive atmosphere in the stadium to their advantage.

The rookie prop Joe Moody, however, has admitted to feeling nervous prior to his first start in the All Black jersey.

Joe Moody. New Zealand All Blacks versus South Africa Springboks. Wellington. September 2014.

Joe Moody. New Zealand All Blacks versus South Africa Springboks. Wellington. September 2014. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The 26-year-old has played just four games off the bench for New Zealand, who are unbeaten in their previous 22 matches.

Meanwhile, the Springbok captain Jean de Villiers says the home crowd can inspire South Africa to an produce an upset.

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw congratulates South African captain Jean de Villiers on his 100th Test cap after the All Blacks 14-10 win in Wellington 2014.

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw congratulates South African captain Jean de Villiers on his 100th Test cap after the All Blacks 14-10 win in Wellington 2014. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

De Villiers says South African's, like New Zealanders, "live and die by rugby," and an encounter between the two best teams in the world is certain to produce a good game.

It's still not clear whether Duane Vermeulen will recover from a head knock in time to take the field for South Africa.

South African Duane Vermeulen during the Rugby Championship Test Match New Zealand All Blacks v South Africa. Wellington. 2014.

South African Duane Vermeulen during the Rugby Championship Test Match New Zealand All Blacks v South Africa. Wellington. 2014. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The number eight has been bracketed with Schalk Burger and will be given until game day to recover.

The loss of Vermeulen would be a blow for the Springboks with New Zealand's Kieran Read rating him as one of the most combative players he's ever encountered.

Kick off is on Sunday morning at 4.05am (NZ time).