The Wallabies don’t talk about it, they don’t have to.
There’s been plenty of banter this week about the Wallabies’ quest to break a 13-year Bledisloe Cup drought, but in-house, Michael Cheika’s team hasn’t given it a mention, according to winger Drew Mitchell.
The Wallabies face the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night in a Rugby Championship decider which doubles as the first of two Bledisloe Cup Tests.
“Obviously it’s a record that we’re not particularly proud of but I think for this group it’s about forging something for ourselves,” Mitchell said.
“Of course that’s our aim … to go out there and beat New Zealand tomorrow night and then reassess and go again next weekend over there.
“In terms of motivation and coming up in team talks, it (drought) hasn’t come up.
“It’s something we’ve read about and seen on TV, but you wouldn’t hear that coming from Cheik.”
The 64-Test veteran has one win from 13 Bledisloe Tests and Mitchell would love nothing more than to get his hands on the coveted trophy, something the Wallabies haven’t done since 2002, three years before Mitchell played his first match against the All Blacks.
“People are aware of it, myself included and other guys that I’ve played with that have since retired that have never had the opportunity to hold up that cup,” Mitchell said.
“The importance of it is not lost on us by any means, but in terms of a sole motivation for this game … we just want to go out there and play our style of footy and see where it leads us.”
The second Bledisloe Test is on Saturday week at Auckland’s Eden Park.