Read expects fireworks against Wallabies

All Blacks captain Kieran Read expects some fireworks when his side take on the Wallabies in their Rugby Championship opener in Sydney on Saturday.

There had been plenty of off-field issues to potentially distract the side but the All Blacks had remained focused.

Read said the side had not focused on events in the media.

"We can't control what the outsides are going to talk about," he told the All Blacks' official website on Friday.

"We're pretty focused on our job at hand. If we don't give the Wallabies the respect they deserve we'll certainly know about it tomorrow.

"We know they've got a good side they've put out with a lot of exciting faces and new guys as well. They'll be pretty fired up for tomorrow night so we've got to pay them their dues and hopefully we do that with our performance.

"We've come here with one job in mind and that's out on the footy field. We've had a good week's prep so we look forward to showing that tomorrow."

Read said the side wanted to get back their attacking mindset which they regarded as one of their strengths.

The Australian side should be physical and Read said he was aware of the size available in their middle row and they had always had talent in their backline with a special talent in the rear in full-back Israel Folau.

While there were no All Blacks who had been part of a team that had lost the Bledisloe Cup that didn't affect their understanding of how valuable it was.

They knew the history of the event and how special the Cup was to New Zealanders and how much hunger the Australians had to get their hands on it.

That meant that in spite of their success rate the New Zealanders still had good motivation to retain the Cup, he said.

Kurtley Beale's inclusion in the Australian team would mean more of a kicking game while also giving some unpredictability to the side's attack. It was hard to anticipate too much of what he might do but there was an awareness of what he was capable of.

Read acknowledged the inclusion of former league star Curtis Rona on the left wing for his Wallabies debut was an interesting selection.

"I haven't seen too much of Curtis," he added.

"He's obviously a pretty prodigious talent to come across and win a Wallabies' jumper so I'm sure the guys out wide will have a few options for him but to be putting on a Wallabies jersey he's got to be pretty talented." 

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