Trans-Tasman mates? Anzac brothers? Not even close when it comes to rugby.
Let me be perfectly blunt about this - these two old rivals cannot stand each other.
Why, I hear you asking? It's sport. Shake hands, share a beer and move on from whatever controversies may have played out during the match.
Not going to happen.
In my opinion, this animosity can be traced back to one significant date in All Blacks-Wallabies relations. December 14, 2007, the day Robbie Deans was rolled out as the new Australian coach.
I believe that for the best part of six years these two sides drifted apart badly. Compare that to the relationship between the All Blacks and the Springboks. Every time the Boks are in town, New Zealand Rugby puts on a post-match function for both sides.
Hell would freeze over before the same courtesy was shown to the Aussies in the current climate.
There is no doubt the All Blacks don't have an ounce of respect for Michael Cheika and his passionate rants aimed at them, but on the flipside I can also tell you that Cheika won't engage with the ABs either.
Cheika claimed last night he is never welcomed into the All Blacks sheds post-match. From what I've been told, Cheika has always refused.
All of this may explain why Kieran Read was not exactly glowing in his praise of the Wallabies when the ABs wrapped up the Bledisloe Cup for another year.
At the time, there was some chatter that Read could have been more gracious in his post-match speech. Well, now you know why.
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