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Ashley-Cooper relishing Cup clash


Adam Ashley-Cooper

Adam Ashley-Cooper

Adam Ashley-Cooper

Adam Ashley-Cooper admits ending Australia's losing streak against New Zealand is a major motivation ahead of Saturday's Bledisloe Cup clash at ANZ Stadium.

The Wallabies have lost their previous nine encounters against the All Blacks, dating back to July 2008, and another defeat this weekend would see Robbie Deans' men set a new record for consecutive defeats against New Zealand.

But Ashley-Cooper is confident the Wallabies are finally ready to turn the tide against the All Blacks following their historic 41-39 win over South Africa, saying: "It's in the mindset because of the special win we had in Bloemfontein. That was a hoodoo (failure to win against the Boks at altitude) broken after 47 years so, if we can do that, (ending) a nine-game losing streak is possible."

He added: "It's going to be a great challenge but one we're looking forward to because I feel the momentum has shifted with the Wallabies and hopefully things are starting to come off.

"We haven't beaten the All Blacks for a while, it'd be really nice to break that hoodoo as well.

"It's a game of fine margins at this level and you can't afford to make any errors. We feel the gap is closing between us and the All Blacks but we've still got a long way to go."