September 9 down the years
All Blacks hurdle opening challenge
Greg Cornelsen scored four tries against the All Blacks on this day in 1978 © Getty Images
The game left an indelible mark on John Eales, the inspirational skipper of the Australia side that won the 1999 Rugby World Cup.
"It was the day the Wallabies scored five tries against the All Blacks and Greg Cornelsen scored four of those five tries," he said. "I walked outside and met my neighbour, he said 'did you watch the Test against the All Blacks?' I said 'yeah, we flogged them easy, it was just New Zealand' and he pulled me aside and said 'you don't realise what you've just seen, because what you have just seen has never happened before in the history of Australia-New Zealand Test matches.
"When it comes to rugby there is no team better than the All Blacks, what you have seen is something very, very rare.'"
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