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All Blacks coach Ian Foster has lauded his team for its record-breaking response to the challenge presented by the Wallabies in Saturday’s Rugby Championship opener as the squad prepares to head off for an open-ended tour of Australia.

New Zealand ran up a record points tally in the emphatic 57-22 victory over their neighbors at Eden Park, scoring five tries in the second half to secure the coveted Bledisloe Cup for the 19th straight season.

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