All Blacks coach Steve Hansen insists that the recent woes in Australian rugby will bear no impact on the Wallabies once the Rugby Championship begins on August 19.
Australia were heavily under-represented in the Super Rugby finals, with just the Brumbies qualifying by way of winning the Australian conference, only to be eliminated at the first hurdle.
Not only that, but Australian sides lost all 26 encounters with New Zealand teams during the 2017 competition, although Hansen believes that will have no impact on their national side.
"What happens in franchises and provincial games is irrelevant," Hansen said.
"You're bringing the best of what they've got."
"They've had plenty of time to get ready, so that could be an advantage to them."
The All Blacks and Wallabies will meet in Sydney on August 19.