All Blacks won't be under-estimating USA Eagles, says Cane

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Rugby Union - June Internationals - New Zealand vs France - Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand - June 16, 2018 - Sam Cane of New Zealand runs with the ball. REUTERS/Ross Setford/File Photo

Oct 13 (Reuters) - New Zealand person nary volition of under-estimating the USA Eagles erstwhile the sides conscionable successful a trial lucifer adjacent week successful Washington, their skipper Sam Cane said connected Wednesday.

The Oct. 23 clash, designed to turn involvement successful the athletics amongst Americans, marks the commencement of a tally of 5 tests successful consecutive weeks for the All Blacks with Wales, Italy, Ireland and France their different opponents.

Cane said New Zealand, who person not played successful the United States since 2016, are determined to showcase wherefore they are 1 of the astir ascendant teams successful satellite sport.

"One of the things astir playing for the All Blacks is you person to execute each azygous week," Cane told reporters connected a video conference.

"There are expectations from ourselves and from the public, and the achromatic jersey benignant of demands that you execute each week due to the fact that it's got specified a affluent past of performing truthful well."

The All Blacks' 10-match winning streak ended successful their past lucifer erstwhile they mislaid to South Africa successful the last crippled of the Rugby Championship.

Cane said that decision had made the New Zealanders, three-times satellite champions, adjacent much determined to guarantee they enactment focused going into the lucifer against the Eagles.

"As soon arsenic you let your caput to drift elsewhere you won't bash the occupation that's required connected the weekend," said Cane.

"I cognize the squad has had a week off, it volition beryllium 3 weeks betwixt games and our past 1 we're coming disconnected a nonaccomplishment against South Africa truthful determination is going to beryllium plentifulness of information to spell retired and play truly well."

U.S. skipper Bryce Campbell said the All Blacks play with an strength and astatine a velocity similar nary different team.

"We arsenic a squad conscionable privation to enactment our champion ft guardant and determination is nary greater accidental to bash that past against immoderate of the champion players successful the satellite and frankly 1 of the champion teams successful the world," Campbell said.

"We are conscionable truly excited to marque our fans proud, and what that looks similar connected the scoreboard is 1 happening but we privation to enactment unneurotic a show that we tin beryllium arrogant of and that helps the crippled grow."

The trial astatine the location of the National Football League's Washington Football Team is being billed arsenic the 1874 Cup, which is simply a notation to the archetypal relationship of organised rugby being played successful the United States.

Reporting by Frank Pingue successful Toronto, editing by Ed Osmond

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