The All Blacks go into Saturday’s Rugby Championship clash against the Springboks at Loftus looking to avoid being on the wrong end of a double, and flanker Sam Cane believes his side can exact revenge on the hosts after last month’s shock defeat.

South Africa stunned the world champions in Wellington in September, handing them their first defeat in the competition since 2015, the first in four years against the men in green and gold.

Despite clinching a third successive title, coach Steve Hansen has named a strong team for the clash, with captain Kieran Read back to shore up the scrum after being rested for their previous outing.

Sam Cane is relishing the prospect of playing at Loftus

Cane, who will partner his skipper in the backrow alongside Shannon Frizell at blindside, told the All Blacks website that he is relishing the prospect of facing the Springboks on their own turf.

“I just don’t think it gets much tougher at altitude, their crowd, them in hot form. It’s us versus a few elements so it gets you going, it’s going to be big,” he said.

“Traditionally we’ve come together pretty well for big challenges but we can’t rest on what we’ve done for other games, that’s for sure.”

With high altitude often posing a big challenge for touring teams against the Springboks, the All Blacks have an overwhelming historic advantage over their rivals, having not lost at Loftus in the professional era.

All Blacks coach believes the Springboks will be hard to beat

The hosts have been at the receiving end of some thumpings from the men from the Land of the Long White Cloud in recent years, but coach Hansen believes the result in Wellington has set up a titanic battle at Loftus.

“We’ve got two teams that are going to go at it … two big bulls in the bull pen and it’s last man standing,” Hansen said.

“That’s what Test match rugby is all about and I think that’s what the fans want to see too, really close games.

“Our job now is to try and turn the tables on them, but they’re really confident and they’ll be hard to beat.”

Regardless of Saturday’s result, the Springboks will finish second on the Rugby Championship table.

Kick off at Loftus is at 17:05.