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Why enjoying the All Blacks isn’t ‘the largest factor’ Samu Kerevi seems to be ahead to


The drawcard of doubtless enjoying towards the All Blacks isn’t the primary motivator for Samu Kerevi because the Wallaby seems to be to return to Bledisloe Cup motion for the primary time in nearly 700 days.

Kerevi hasn’t confronted the All Blacks’ haka or charged right into a sea of black jerseys in Check rugby since a Rugby Championship conflict between the trans-Tasman rivals in September 2021.

The 29-year-old suffered a merciless damage blow whereas on sevens obligation finally yr’s Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham, and was sidelined for fairly a while.

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But Kerevi returned to the Test arena off the bench against South Africa in Pretoria earlier this month, and started against Los Pumas in Sydney. The midfielder showed glimpses of promise during those two Tests.

But a significant challenge awaits.

After a “long layoff,” Kerevi could potentially come up against the All Blacks in this weekend’s opening Bledisloe Cup clash at the MCG. The teams will officially be announced on Thursday.

Pending selection, the Wallaby could line up opposite the All Blacks’ star-studded midfield duo of “world-class” utility Jordie Barrett and Rieko Ioane.

It’s a tough challenge, but as Kerevi explained, playing the All Blacks isn’t “the biggest thing I look forward to.”

“Nah, for me it’s an internal drive,” Kerevi told reporters on Tuesday afternoon. “I want to be the best in the world just for me so I can contribute the best I can to the team.

“You look across the board at Test matches, they’re all tough now. You want to look forward to the World Cup – each pool has some teams there that you can’t take lightly, you can’t take anyone lightly.

“The All Blacks have been playing some great footy and I think the rivalry of the Bledisloe is what you look forward to but Argentina was a big matchup as well as South Africa. This weekend will be no different.

“There’s importance on every Test but I guess there is that element of the Bledisloe and that rivalry across the ditch, which always excites the boys.

“But for me personally, my work-on is just every day, that’s the real battle. Saturday’s one day of the week or one day of the year I play the All Blacks or two, whatever it is.

“My battle every day is probably the biggest thing I look forward to.”

When Kerevi came off the bench against the Springboks, the Test was practically lost – with just under 30 minutes to play, the hosts led by 17.

The world champions showed their class during a dominant win in front of their home fans.

Looking to bounce back after returning home to Australia, the Wallabies lost a thriller against Los Pumas at CommBank Stadium. The Test was decided by a 79th-minute try to backrower Juan Martin Gonzalez.

The Wallabies have started their new era under coach Eddie Jones with an 0-2 record, but they’ll be eager to turn their fortunes around against their fierce rivals on Saturday.

“Obviously we weren’t happy with the results but Eddie being Eddie, I think the intensity was always going to lift leading into the next Test matches but especially the Bledisloe,” Kerevi said.

“It’s not just because of the Bledisloe but as a team we needed to lift the intensity at training and create some great habits leading into these next two games.

“Especially this game in front of our home fans, it’ll be the last opportunity we get (before the World Cup).”

The Wallabies host the All Blacks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday evening in the first of two Bledisloe Cup Test matches.



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