The Wallabies secret Bledisloe weapon we haven’t used in years

By Sam Ryan It was late August, 1999. I was six years old and my local rugby club had organised a bus to take a bunch of us into Homebush to watch the Wallabies take on the All Blacks in a Bledisloe Cup match at the newly opened Olympic Stadium. Most of our Dads had started on the lemonades earlier in the afternoon and probably didn't remember at this stage how many of their children came to the rugby that night. But we didn't care. It was like nothing any of us had ever experienced before. 107,000 fans packed into Stadium Australia and if we weren't sitting in the last row, we were very, very close. The atmosphere was incredible and shortly after the players entered the stadium and sung the national anthems, the Kiwis performed the Haka. At that point, most of us kids would have gone home happy but it got even better. As the Australian players removed their tracksuits, a tactic created by coach Rod Macqueen to calm the nerves of his players after the Haka, a st
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