It's currently ours. It's one of the more impressive trophies in world sport. And it's on the line tonight. "It" is, of course, the Bledisloe Cup, the symbol of trans-Tasman rugby superiority.
If ever there was a year that the Wallabies should take the cup away from us it is 2008. Four games, only one of which is in New Zealand. But Keeping Stock confidently predicts that the Bledisloe will still reside in the NZRU's trophy room come the end of the year.
Everyone's talking about Deans vs Henry. Lots of people say that Deans will have an advantage, knowing the Kiwi players inside out. But equally, those players know Deans inside out, especially the likes of Dan Carter, Greg Somerville, Brad Thorn and Richie McCaw (even though he's not on the field).
The loss of Stirling Mortlock is a huge blow for tjhe Aussies. Their backs already look raw without Gregan and Larkham, and Ryan Cross won't be the rock in midfield that Mortlock is. Nonu and Kahui should be able to exploit this, given some good front-foot ball.
What's almost a first-choice All Black forward pack had the potential to monster the Aussies. If they can do that, and accordingly nullify George Smith and Rocky Elsom, the All Blacks should win, and win well.