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New Zealand thrash Australia to retain Bledisloe Cup and cap perfect night for record breaker McCaw

Richie McCaw became the most-capped Test player in rugby union history. Credit: DEAN LEWINS/AAP/PA

New Zealand roared to a 41-13 win at an emotional Eden Park to retain the Bledisloe Cup against an Australia side who had no answer to the powerful running of Ma'a Nonu.

The dreadlocked centre, one of several All Blacks stars most likely playing his final Test on home soil before this autumn's World Cup in England, scored two tries and was involved in most of his side's best work in a dominant second half.

It was a historic night for Richie McCaw, who broke former Ireland centre Brian O'Driscoll's record as the most-capped Test player of all time, while Dan Carter had an almost perfect night from the tee to kick 16 points.

Lancaster: Cipriani just another squad member

Stuart Lancaster says fly-half Danny Cipriani won't be judged on anything other than his ability on the pitch after being re-bailed by police.

Cipriani's availability for the World Cup was in doubt after he was arrested for drink-driving in June, but he has now been re-bailed until November, ensuring he can represent England in the tournament.

Stuart Lancaster says Danny Cipriani is in the squad on merit. Credit: PA

"We weren't in control of the initial date and we certainly weren't in control of this date," head coach Lancaster said.

"It's been extended by the police so we'll wait and see. He's not been charged by the police. He's here as a bona fide member of the squad and will be judged accordingly."

Fly-half Cipriani available for World Cup

England fly-half Danny Cipriani is available for the World Cup after he was re-bailed until November in relation to his arrest for drink-driving.

The Sale Sharks man was arrested in June after he was involved in a collision with another car in London.

Danny Cipriani was arrested for drink-dirving. Credit: PA

Cipriani was arrested and taken to a west London police station, but was released on bail soon after.

Head coach Stuart Lancaster said at the time he would not select Cipriani until he knew the outcome of case.


Lancaster waiting on Cipriani drink-drive case

England head coach Stuart Lancaster will await the conclusion of the police investigation into Danny Cipriani drink-drive arrest before deciding on whether to consider him for his World Cup squad.

Cipriani was the latest to fall foul of authorities after Manu Tuilagi and Dylan Hartley were ruled out of the tournament following misdemeanours

The Sale Sharks player was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving earlier this month, but won't know the outcome of the case until early August.

Danny Cipriani was only recently recalled to the national side. Credit: PA

Lancaster said: "(I am) waiting to see what the Police investigation will determine. I've got no position at all at the moment.

"He's not been charged with anything so as a consequence is in camp and training as everyone else is.

"I'll deal with it as and when it's appropriate."

England line up first ever three-match series with Australia

England will play three matches in Australia. Credit: PA

Australia will next year welcome England in a three-match series for the first time.

The two nations have never contested a three-match series despite a century-old rivalry, but they will battle it out in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney next June.

Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver said: "With a rivalry that dates back to 1909, it is remarkable that Australia and England have never before played a three-match series and the history of this occasion is sure to add to the anticipation for the tour."

England head coach Stuart Lancaster said: "A Test series in Australia is a massive challenge and one to really look forward to.

"We all saw the excitement generated by the three Tests on the British & Irish Lions tour.

"We haven't toured Australia since 2010 so for most of our squad it will be their first opportunity to play a senior Test there and I'm sure it will be a great series."

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