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New Zealand will take on Australia in the Rugby Championship Round 2 on August 23.

The match at Eden Park in Auckland is slated to start at 7:35 p.m. New Zealand time (5:35 p.m. NSW/ACT), according to the official website.

The match will be broadcast on Fox Sports in Australia, Prime in New Zealand, SuperSport in South Africa, and Sky Sports 4 in the United Kingdom.

Other broadcasters listed for The Rugby Championship includes OSN in the Middle East, BSkyB in the United Kingdom, Enjoy Television in Belgium, DTS in Spain, Sport TV in Portugal, Sky Italia in Italy, Canal Plus in France, SportsNet in Canada, DIRECTV in the United States, and J-Sports in Japan.

Live streaming will be available through most broadcasters, and LiveSport.TV. The latter requires an $8 a month subscription.

The Wallabies stunned the All Blacks in the Rugby Championship opener, preventing New Zealand from setting a world record for Tier One nations in consecutive wins but having to settle for a 12-12 draw all the same.

After the bye weekend next weekend, Australia will take on South Africa in Perth in Round 3 while New Zealand will face Argentina in Napier.

Round 4 is scheduled to have New Zealand take on South Africa in Wellington while Australia plays Argentina in the Gold Coast.

After a bye weekend on September 20-21, Australia is scheduled to take on South Africa in Cape Town while New Zealand will play Argentina in La Plate.

Round 6 will have New Zealand taking on South Africa in Johannesburg while Australia faces Argentina in Mendoza.

See probable squads below.

New Zealand

1. James Slipper (vc) , 2. Nathan Charles , 3. Sekope Kepu , 4. Sam Carter , 5. Rob Simmons , 6. Scott Fardy , 7. Michael Hooper (c) , 8. Wycliff Palu , 9. Nic White , 10. Kurtley Beale , 11. Rob Home , 12. Matt Toomua , 13. Adam Ashley-Cooper (vc) , 14. Pat McCabe , 15. Israel Folau

Replacements : James Hanson , Pek Cowan , Ben Alexander , Will Skelton , Scott Higginbotham , Nick Phipps , Bernard Foley , Tevita Kuridrani , Ben McCalman

Australia

1. Wyatt Crockett 2. Dane Coles 3. Owen Franks 4. Brodie Retallick 5. Samuel Whitelock 6. Liam Messam 7. Richie McCaw (c) 8. Kieran Read 9. Aaron Smith 10. Aaron Cruden 11. Julian Savea 12. Ryan Crotty 13. Conrad Smith 14. Cory Jane 15. Ben Smith

Replacements : 16. Keven Mealamu 17. Ben Franks 18. Charlie Faumuina 19. Steven Luatua 20. Sam Cane 21. TJ Perenara 22.. Beauden Barrett 23. Malakai Fekitoa

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NZ All Blacks vs Australia Wallabies Live Rugby 2nd Test Update

From the fringe to centre stage, Ryan Crotty will start his first test for the All Blacks in Saturday’s rematch with the Wallabies at Eden Park.

After seven cameos from the bench in the past 12 months, which included scoring the match-winning try against Ireland to seal last year’s prefect season, Crotty now gets the chance to push his case in a big occasion.

In the absence of injured second five-eighth Ma’a Nonu, the 25-year-old Cantabrian has been preferred over Malakai Fekitoa.
Pedigree: New Zealand’s Ryan Crotty scored the decisive try against Ireland.

Pedigree: New Zealand’s Ryan Crotty scored the decisive try against Ireland. Photo: AP

As expected, Conrad Smith also returns after missing last week’s dour draw in Sydney with the birth of his first son. The experienced centre will partner Crotty in a makeshift midfield combination which will rely on composure to compensate a potential lack of power and variety.

While Fekitoa provides that explosive element, his lack of familiarity with the No.12 jersey has seen him relegated to the bench after covering for Smith in his natural role of centre last week.

Nonu is expected to recover from his deep shoulder bruising to take on Argentina in Napier in two weeks, but the prognosis for Jerome Kanio is worse. The brutal blindside flanker will be sidelined for four to six weeks with an elbow complaint, which means he will probably miss two home tests against the Pumas and Springboks and places him in doubt until the All Blacks’ away section of the Rugby Championship in Argentina and South Africa. His absence – a major blow from a physicality and intimidation point of view – opens the door for Liam Messam to return after a month-long break. After slipping behind Kaino in the pecking order the Chiefs co-captain will be fizzing for this prolonged opportunity to reassert his presence. Steven Luatua also remains in the reserves as cover for blindside and lock.

Other than those three injury-enforced changes, and Charlie Faumuina’s return from illness to the bench at the expense of fellow prop Joe Moody, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has given the rest of the squad the chance to atone for last week’s error-riddled effort. That sees Israel Dagg excluded for a second occasion, while Wyatt Crockett, Cory Jane, in his 50th test, and Aaron Cruden will be among those wanting to lift their respective performances.

Improvements in decision-making, discipline and on attack have been demanded and it would be a major surprise if Hansen’s men do not respond accordingly.

“While we were disappointed with the draw last weekend, we are excited by the opportunity that presents itself this weekend. It’s another test match against Australia, the chance to win the Bledisloe Cup and the first home test of the Rugby Championship in front of our home fans,” Hansen said.

“We have been working hard on all aspects of our game this week and there’s a definite resolve to improve the quality of our performance on Saturday.”

The All Blacks are unbeaten at Eden Park for the last 20 years and haven’t lost to the Wallabies there since 1986. Maintaining that record this week would also esnure they retain the coveted Bledisloe for an 11th straight year, too.

All Blacks team: Ben Smith, Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Ryan Crotty, Julian Savea, Aaron Cruden, Aaron Smith, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (c), Liam Messam, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Owen Franks, Dane Coles, Wyatt Crocket. Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Ben Franks, Charlie Faumuina, Steven Luatua, Sam Cane, TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett, Malakai Fekitoa,

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Wallabies vs All Blacks live rugby watch Web Coverage on 23 Aug, 2014

The world has changed since September 6, 1986, when Australia last defeated New Zealand at Eden Park, not least that rugby union was still an amateur sport one year out from its first World Cup. Other historical contexts for that day include the first national broadcast of the Oprah Winfrey Show in the United States, while you could by an “average” house in Auckland and Sydney for well under $80,000. How times change. Earlier in the year, we saw the Space Shuttle Challenger explode and Mike Tyson become the youngest heavyweight boxing champion in history, we’d had the nuclear explosion at Chernobyl and the identification of “mad cow disease”, and you could still smoke on all forms of public transport. That’s a very different world, but the world’s kept turning and New Zealand since have defeated Australia in 14 consecutive Tests at Eden Park. Hoodoo? What hoodoo?

Team News

Ewen McKenzie has named an unchanged Wallabies squad, the first time in his 17-Test tenure that he has ignored the urge to tinker. He has suggested, however, that he will alter the game plan slightly to give the Kiwis something else to consider. Could that feature Israel Folau lining up on the wing at any point, with Pat McCabe at fullback, as the Wallabies looked short of gas out wide in Sydney? It’s worth a thought.
Steve Hansen has made three changes to his starting side from last week, with Jerome Kaino and Ma’a Nonu absent through injury, replaced respectively by Liam Messam and Ryan Crotty, while Conrad Smith returns at outside centre having missed Sydney to attend the birth of his first child. Liam Messam was left out of the squad last week due to fitness concerns, and there remains a slight cloud over the Chiefs back-rower’s well-being.

But the Wallabies head across the Tasman this year buoyed if not buoyant after the 12-12 draw in Sydney, when they dominated territory and possession to do everything but beat the All Blacks for the first time since August 2011. Kiwis will ask, rightly, when did the Wallabies last cross the Ditch without confidence, but at least the Aussies are no longer talking themselves up. And it’s been noticed that Steve Hansen’s barbs this year are pointing at Australian weakness rather than New Zealand strengths.

The result last week was disappointing in many aspects, as it ended the Wallabies’ seven-match winning run as well as the All Blacks’ bid for an 18th consecutive victory, but the match itself was a brutal contest in terrible conditions. The weather killed any hopes we had of a ball-in-hand spectacular, but this week – it’s been bright and sunny, with a dry track highly likely – might be tighter with the All Blacks talking of “going back to basics”; the Wallabies, however, will continue to play with width, as that is the way they’re wired by Ewen McKenzie.

In form

McKenzie has maintained his squad based on form, with a dominance of New South Wales Waratahs and Brumbies players rewarded for excellent seasons. Michael Hooper and Kurtley Beale will be key, with the Wallabies captain described by Owen Finegan as a captain whom players follow, just like John Eales, while the playmaker simply has to conjure space for Israel Folau and the wingers out wide.

Aaron Smith was sharp for the All Blacks, making more ground with ball in hand than any other player, and his snipes will keep Australia honest. Conrad Smith has had an excellent season, as ever, and his presence in the backline is key after missing last week. Ben Smith, at fullback, rarely has two quiet games in succession, and New Zealand have not failed to score a try in back-to-back Tests since 1959-1960.

Owen Franks and Wyatt Crockett have something to prove either side of Dane Coles © Getty Images
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Out of form

The All Blacks have issues with props Wyatt Crockett and Owen Franks. Crocket remains a concern at scrum time, and he conceded another three penalties last week as well as being sin-binned for a breakdown offence. Franks, meanwhile, missed an unfeasible match-high seven tackles. New Zealand need more from them in the set-piece and around the park.
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Key area to watch

The breakdown, as always. especially with New Zealand having conceded nine yellow cards in their past 12 Tests and former top referee Jonathan Kaplan suggesting that officials are “finally beginning to understand what needs to be done” to eliminate what he describes as the All Blacks’ “marginal tactics under pressure”.

The Wallabies will also be keen to keep referee Romain Poite sweet, as they have had trouble with him at scrum-time – not least in their third Test destruction by the British & Irish Lions last season.

Australia held New Zealand up front last week, but McKenzie accepts “we can’t afford to have a bad day at the office”.

“You’ve got to build reputation over time. You can trash it overnight, but it takes time to build and [Poite] was on the sideline [for the first Test], so he would have watched it naturally and been probably forming an opinion … you’ve got to make sure you aren’t going backwards. You have got to be able to get parity at least and then you’ve got a platform to play with.”

Stats

New Zealand are undefeated by anyone at Eden Park since 1994, when France toppled them. Opta Stats show that Israel Folau beat a match-high five defenders in Sydney last week, as many as the entire New Zealand starting XV managed in total, while New Zealand captain Richie McCaw completed all 20 tackles – at least four more than anybody else.

Prediction

Hoodoo? What hoodoo? Stats guru Richard Kelly from Opta Sports notes the numbers say the All Blacks are as good as ever, but the eyes have glimpsed something this year that is not quite all good. Wallabies by three points.

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Forget Kurtley Beale, the Wallabies know this will be an old-fashioned transtasman test that’s won and lost up front – a Bledisloe Cup battle decided in the engine room, not by the glamour-boy backs.

While much of the focus over the past week has centred on Beale’s contentious selection – and retention – as Australia’s five-eighths, the Wallabies acknowledge their playmaker will be powerless to stop the All Blacks at Eden Park on Saturday if the gold scrum is going backwards.

“It starts with the set piece,” said Wallabies hooker Nathan Charles.

And finishes with the set piece.

Especially under French referee Romaine Poite.

Poite is equally as officious at scrum time as Jaco Peyper, the South African referee who blew the pea out of the whistle in last Saturday’s 12-12 draw against the All Blacks in Sydney.

Poite is also the same referee who punished Australia’s scrum during last year’s series-deciding 41-16 third test loss to the British and Irish Lions in Sydney.

Australia’s oft-maligned scrum held its own with the might and power of New Zealand’s last Saturday, but coach Ewen McKenzie knows that critics – and referees – can be fickle.

“Like all parts of the game, we’ve made progress [with our scrum],” McKenzie said.

“But I also know one bad day at the office and the headlines come out.

“They all get dusted off and they come out again.

“So we can’t afford to have a bad day at the office.”

If it’s otherwise, Poite could have the Wallabies reliving a recurring nightmare.

“You’ve got to build reputation over time,” McKenzie said.

“You can trash it overnight, but it takes time to build and he was on the sideline [for the first test], so he would have watched it naturally and been probably forming an opinion.

“There’s no doubt that the French referees at scrum time will favour scrums going forward.

“That’s the sort of philosophical approach in French rugby, which I understand.

“So you’ve got to make sure you aren’t going backwards. You’ve got to be able to get parity at least and then you’ve got a platform to play with.”

McKenzie believes noises coming out of New Zealand this week indicate the All Blacks – who can retain the Bledisloe Cup for a 12th straight year with victory in Auckland – plan to get “back to the basics” and “get the fundamentals right” on Saturday.

“So we know from the first minute of the game they’re going to come hard and they’ll do that through the forwards,” McKenzie said.

“They’ll obviously take us on at the set piece … pick and drive and be trying to impose themselves and getting on the front foot.

“So we’ll train accordingly this week.

“There’s going to be another level of physicality up front and we have to be ready for that.”

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So we will have to adapt on the night, but we have to make sure we bring our ‘A game’ and … that puts the pressure on them.”

McKenzie also understands the significance of Saturday’s fixture. It is the first Bledisloe Cup match of 2014 and it is being played at ANZ Stadium where, two Saturdays ago, the Waratahs won their first Super Rugby title before a 61,000-plus crowd.

The Waratahs’ brand of rugby has shown to be as exciting as it is effective.

McKenzie said the Wallabies game, too, was developing into one that should please.

“The Tahs have a very specific method of play,” he said. “The Brumbies have a base method, too, but we saw variation to that towards the end of the season.

“The Reds have their style, the Force the same thing. None of them are the same. So you have to morph them into something. We did all that last year.

“We went through that exercise last year and it was complicated at times. But by the end of the year we had settled on a way that suits the players we have got and the mindset. And the players are happy with how we go about it.

“If you go and look at the stats we have been very successful in scoring tries and making line breaks. In terms of attack at Test level we have been pretty effective.”

McKenzie said the Wallabies’ domestic three-Test series whitewash over France in June showed the side has developed since last season. “We had the middle Test [won 6-0] which wasn’t the outcome [most] wanted, but in the other two we scored 12 tries … six tries a game, which is not too bad.

“We can point to that. We can get bogged down in the second Test, or think about the other two. Our intent was no different in all three Tests. But the opposition has a bit to do with how the game is played.

“In the Tahs’ campaign, we saw moments, or periods of the game, where they were bogged down, their opponents kept them bogged down and then they were able to break through across 80 minutes, good enough to finish on top and score some tries.”

McKenzie is still keeping one eye on next year’s World Cup as form, illness, injury and overseas opportunities rule out player availability.

Injury has once again tested the Wallabies for Saturday’s game as Rebels prop Laurie Weeks and Brumbies winger Joe Tomane were ruled out on Sunday.

Coming in for Weeks, who joined the squad only last Wednesday but re-aggravated a hamstring issue at training last Friday, is Waratahs tight-head Paddy Ryan.

In for Tomane, who has a minor hamstring strain, is Rebels winger Tom English.

“By the end of the year we will have a really good idea about who is who in the zoo,” McKenzie said. “That will give us a better platform to pick the World Cup side in July-August next year.”

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Damnation awaited either way for Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie regarding his Kurtley Beale call.

Ignore Beale and the cries would have gone up for the missing X-factor. Include him and the Bernard Foley and Matt Toomua fan clubs stamp their feet.

McKenzie is a fully paid-up member of the Test coaching club now.

Is it the right selection? In one sense, it has been for months.

Beale is in the form of his life, the most potent creative force on the paddock in the Super Rugby final, and the man who wore No.10 the last time the Wallabies got close to the All Blacks – the draw in Brisbane in 2012 – or beat a team in the world’s current top four (Twickenham in 2012).

You hear loose talk of his suspect tackling but the Waratah has never shirked physical contact nor been afraid to volunteer himself for the big moments when they came. And the All Blacks kick a lot.

Tactically, the counter-attacking Beale is a snug fit for how the game likely to be played on Saturday night.

In these pages we have been pumping up Beale’s tyres. Indeed, in an attempt to predict the identity of the Wallabies team for the French, we named Beale as the likely beneficiary of Quade Cooper’s absence, oh-so-cleverly dragging out a column by McKenzie on Beale as evidence.

Egg lingered on our faces as Foley was named to start in all three Tests, but the guesswork might not have too far from the mark, after all.

Why then, with those opinions held, do we feel slightly uneasy at the call?

It is the process that led to it.

Why was Beale not given the reins at No.10 for significant periods of the French series if in the coach’s mind the position was still open?

In preparation for the All Blacks that series was akin to training for a heavyweight title fight on a diet of buttery croissants (remarkably, the Wallabies did not trail on the scoreboard for even one second in four hours of rugby against the French), but at least it would have given him some familiarity with his No.9 and No.12. As it stands those partnerships are fresh, as is the Matt ToomuaAdam Ashley-Cooper combination in the midfield.

They have all been asked to learn each other’s quirks in a cauldron.

Let’s be clear when we talk about risk. There is risk involved in every Test selection. Foley would have been a risk. Despite the heroics against the Crusaders, he’s still wet behind the ears on the biggest stage. The issue with starting Beale is that it has the look of avoidable risk.

Continuity was the Wallabies’ friend on the end-of-season tour, and brought the Waratahs the same joy this year. It has been set aside this weekend.

There is also baggage to check in with Beale at No.10. Not the player’s but that carried by the supporters. His selection is a reminder of the previous era, from which until now McKenzie has been keen to distance himself. The bar-room rationale if the Wallabies lose will be thus: The choice of a bloke who has not been playing at No.10 all season over two five-eighths who guided their sides to the Super Rugby title and a semi-final? Utter madness, isn’t it? Hadn’t we tried that before?

Beale is a diamond. McKenzie is justified in picking him. In many ways the selection mirrors the set-up of last year’s end-of-season tour when Toomua brought the calm and Cooper brought the crazy. It was a combination that worked beautifully.

But we are not so deluded to ignore the fact that diamonds can cut you, too.

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All Blacks vs Wallabies Rugby:Australia vs New Zealand Bledisloe Cup 2014 Live INFO.

It’s Australia vs New Zealand in the Bledisloe Cup on Saturday.

The match is slated to start at 8 p.m. AEST (10 p.m. NZST, 10 a.m. GMT) at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

The match will be broadcast on Fox Sports in Australia, Prime in New Zealand, SuperSport in South Africa, and Sky Sports 4 in the United Kingdom.

Live streaming will be available through all broadcasters.

The All Blacks will be trying to win their fourth consecutive Test against Australia and their 18th consecutive Tests overall, which would set a record.

Australia hasn’t beaten New Zealand since August 2011, and hasn’t won the Bledisloe Cup for 12 years.

Steve Hansen, the All Blacks coach, told the Independent that he expects the Wallabies to try and run the All Blacks off the park but indicated by putting Ben Smith at full-back in place of Israel Dagg that the ability to run the ball rather than put boot to leather is key to his game plan.

The All Blacks will be without star out-half Dan Carter, who is injured.

Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has revamped his lineup, but also said that the bench players will be key.

“I’ve always been a big advocate of ‘starters’ and ‘finishers’ and I’m confident we have guys on the bench who can come into the game and make an impact,” McKenzie said in an article posted on the team’s website.

“A lot of tries are scored in those final 20 minutes and we’ve seen over the years just how clinical the All Blacks can be at that stage of the game. We need guys who can withstand the pressure in those moments and also create opportunities for us as well.

See squads below

New Zealand

1. James Slipper (vc) , 2. Nathan Charles , 3. Sekope Kepu , 4. Sam Carter , 5. Rob Simmons , 6. Scott Fardy , 7. Michael Hooper (c) , 8. Wycliff Palu , 9. Nic White , 10. Kurtley Beale , 11. Rob Horne , 12. Matt Toomua , 13. Adam Ashley-Cooper (vc) , 14. Pat McCabe , 15. Israel Folau

Replacements : James Hanson , Pek Cowan , Ben Alexander , Will Skelton , Ben McCalman , Scott Higginbotham , Nick Phipps , Bernard Foley , Tevita Kuridrani

Australia

1. Wyatt Crockett 2. Dane Coles 3. Owen Franks 4. Brodie Retallick 5. Samuel Whitelock 6. Jerome Kaino 7. Richie McCaw (c) 8. Kieran Read 9. Aaron Smith 10. Aaron Cruden 11. Julian Savea 12. Ma’a Nonu 13. Malakai Fekitoa 14. Cory Jane 15. Ben Smith

Replacements : 16. Keven Mealamu 17. Ben Franks 18. Joe Moody 19. Steven Luatua 20. Sam Cane 21. TJ Perenara 22.. Beauden Barrett 23.Ryan Crotty

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Bledisloe I Preview and Live: Wallabies vs All Blacks online 2014

Australia hosts New Zealand on Saturday, August 16 in Bledisloe I at ANZ Stadium. The match kicks off at 10.00pm (NZT).
What: Australia v New Zealand Bledisloe I

When: Saturday, August 16 – 10:00pm (NZT)

Where: ANZ Stadium.

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What did they do last time?

The Wallabies thumped France 39-13 to complete a 3-0 series win over Les Bleus in June. The All Blacks belted England 36-13 to seal a 3-0 whitewash and extend their unbeaten streak to 17 Tests.

Things you need to know

Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has made six changes to his starting side. The selection of Kurtley Beale at flyhalf is the biggest shock. That forces Bernard Foley to the bench alongside outside centre Tevita Kuridrani, with Adam Ashley-Cooper shifting from wing to his preferred number 13 jumper. Pat McCabe and Rob Horne are the new wingers for Ashley-Cooper and Nick ‘The Honey Badger’ Cummins (Japanese rugby). Up front hooker Nathan Charles makes his first Test start for Tatafu Polota-Nau (knee) and lock Sam Carter starts ahead of benched Waratahs giant Will Skelton. Hooker Stephen Moore and flanker David Pocock are out for the season with knee injuries. Young gun Tolu Latu (broken arm) and prop Laurie Weeks (hamstring) both suffered injuries last week and weren’t considered for selection.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has also sprung a surprise after leaving full-back Israel Dagg out of his 23 man squad. Dagg, the incumbent since 2011, missed the final two June Tests against England with a knee injury but Ben Smith will wear the 15 on Saturday night. Outside-centre Conrad Smith is almost certain to miss the game after darting back to New Zealand on Friday morning to witness the birth of his child. Highlanders sensation Malakai Fekitoa will start in Smith’s absence. The rest of the squad is predictable. Aaron Cruden will start at flyhalf for Dan Carter (leg) and Wyatt Crockett replaces Tony Woodcock (shoulder) at loosehead.

Reason to watch

There are mouth-watering match-ups all over the park and, even though the All Blacks almost always win, dud Bledisloe Cup encounters are very rare.

Reason to turn away

There isn’t one.

Say what

“We recognise with the All Blacks you’ve got to go out there and have a crack. You need to take a few risks and get on with it so with the way we want to play the game having Kurtley at number 10 suits what we want to do,” – Ewen McKenzie on Kurtley Beale’s selection at flyhalf.

“You don’t want to be on the losing side against the Wallabies. That’s what we take into our preparation. Our build-up is based on what it’s like to lose to them and we really focus hard on that,” – All Blacks flanker Jerome Kaino.

Final instructions

The Wallabies have improved since their 41-33 loss in Bledisloe III last year and fancy their chances against the All Blacks after winning their last seven Tests on the trot. But the All Blacks’ confidence levels are also high having won their past 17 Tests. Ewen McKenzie took over the Wallabies coaching reins on the eve of last year’s Bledisloe series and Australia went down 3-0. The Wallabies are also winless in their last six Tests against the world champions – an 18-all draw in October, 2012 is as close as they have been since their 25-20 victory in Brisbane back in 2011. They looked sharp against France and the selection of Kurtley Beale is a clear sign the Wallabies are prepared to chance their arm on Saturday night. The All Blacks showed some signs of vulnerability against England in June but they still won the series 3-0. A Wallabies victory is not impossible but the hosts will have to be at their best, and have luck on their side to win, while the All Blacks are the masters of finding a way to win. It’ll be close but we suspect the decision to dump first-choice goal kicker Bernard Foley could come back to bite the Wallabies, with the Kiwis to sneak home for a world record 18th consecutive Test victory. All Blacks by three.

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Wallabies v All Blacks – News and comprehensive expert opinion

When it comes to rivalries in international rugby, there is one series that stands above all others: Wallabies versus All Blacks. For nearly 80 years, Australia and New Zealand rugby sides have contested the Bledisloe Cup, now an annual competition between the two nations that forms part of the Tri Nations competition. Literally and figuratively, it is the single biggest trophy in rugby union.

The Bledisloe Cup was named after NZ Governer-General Lord Bledisloe in 1931 after a match between the All Blacks and Wallabies at Eden Park, Auckland. Contested on an irregular basis during its early years, the Bledisloe Cup was initially dominated by the All Blacks, with the Wallabies securing the first victory at the SCG in 1934.

Annual Bledisloe Cup clashes between the Wallabies and All Blacks commenced in 1981, and the series has moved from strength to strength since then. After four consecutive All Black series victories, the 1986 Wallabies, led by Nick Farr-Jones and David Campese, recorded their first victory in 37 years.

As rugby moved into professionalism during the mid-1990s, and television exposure continued to increase, coverage of the Bledisloe Cup reached new levels, culminating in the ‘Greatest Test Ever Played’ in 2000, when nearly 110,000 spectators watched Jonah Lomu crash over in the closing minutes for a 39-35 in an unforgettable match.

The All Blacks have continued to assert their dominance over the Wallabies in recent years, winning eight out of the past ten Tri Nations series against them, and comprehensively beating the Wallabies 20-6 in the semi-final of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

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Wallabies vs All Blacks The Bledisloe Cup 16 Aug 2014

Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie says the All Blacks don’t have a mortgage on the Bledisloe Cup but warned his players to be on guard for New Zealand mind games.

After more than a decade of trans-Tasman misery, Australia will head into the first Test against New Zealand on August 16 with confidence high on the back of a seven-match winning streak.

But in Sydney they’ll have to contend with a hungry All Blacks side vying for a world record 18th-consecutive Test win.

McKenzie says the blockbuster billing is tailor-made for hype and expectation to go through the roof, with outspoken All Blacks coach Steve Hansen a likely ringleader.

“I noticed he was spritely against England (last week), so he’s warming up, yes,” said McKenzie.

“Coaches like myself who don’t have to run on the field might say things at times to make things interesting … the talk ends up getting done by people that don’t have to actually go out there and play the game.

“We’re going to have to put up with lots of people talking and speculating about our prospects.
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“It won’t be coming from us.

“The reality is the task is what it’s – you’re playing against the No.1 side in the world.”

Australia’s current winning run is the longest since the Wallabies were last world champions in 1999-2000, and the impact of Israel Folau and Will Skelton against France suggests Australia may finally possess the strikepower to end a dynasty.

McKenzie says there’s every reason for Australia to believe that a slice of history could be within reach following the clean-sweep over France.

“There’s no mortgage on these sorts of things,” he said.

“They’ve obviously dominated for a period of time and they’re not going to hand it over.

“We’ve got to go out there and win it. We’ve got to get everything right.”

McKenzie didn’t even wait until Sunday morning to fly his players home, with the focus now back on the end of the Super Rugby season.

Australia won’t be thinking too far ahead until they know exactly what personnel they’ll have available when they reassemble for the Bledisloe and Rugby Championship in August.

McKenzie is pleased with the consistency and self-belief of his squad, and is relishing a chance to properly prepare his side after last year being appointed just two weeks before the first Bledisloe Test.

But he warned a lot can change before his players come back.

“Fitness will be a big part of the equation for both teams. (Star New Zealand forward) Kieran Read has missed a lot of rugby for instance, that’s an example that you can have great players that suddenly aren’t there,” he said.

“We’ve developed our depth and different types of options. Sam Carter should be back, Joe Tomane will be available, Luke Burgess has come back early and Will Genia is a chance.

“We’re preparing ourselves as best we can but you still have to face the music on the night.”

 

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