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Preview: Australia v All Blacks


The only purpose one can see in this test between the All Blacks and Australia is for the Aussies to try for the utmost time to beat them and the All Blacks to look at different ways to beat everybody else.

It is made out to be the third Bledisloe Cup test but the trophy is long time in the New Zealand trophy cabinet with the Rugby Championship and Super Rugby and both woman and men’s World Cup trophies.

In a professional era we need these test to fund the game and that is the only win if any that the Aussies will get on Saturday when they host the All Blacks.

The Aussies although ending second in Rugby Championship have looked awful this year losing against Scotland in June and got run down close by Fiji with two draws against the Springboks. They lost both home and away against the All Blacks and I do not expect anything to change this coming Saturday.

Cheika has been building a team this year but as with Springboks certain players should just not be playing at this level but it is not if they have plenty to pick from anymore.

The All Blacks never looked like losing this Rugby Championship and the closet came in Newlands when the Springboks ran them close.

Aussie coach Cheika has made one change to his side who beat Argentina for this weekend Bledisloe Cup test against the All Blacks.

Rob Simmons will start in the second row this Saturday as the Aussies will try and upset the world champions in a dead rubber Bledisloe cup test.

Stephen Moore has been included on the bench. The hooker has decided to retire from Test rugby at the end of the year. This will be his last Test on home soil.

New Zealand have made four changes to the matchday 23 which played the last Test against South Africa for Saturday’s clash with Australia.

They are all in the backs: Lima Sopoaga comes in for Beauden Barrett in the 10 jersey, while Waisake Naholo starts on the wing for the injured Nehe Milner-Skudder. TJ Perenara is reserve half-back, with Anton Lienert-Brown coming into the 23 to provide additional back cover.

Meanwhile, Sam Cane will play his 50th Test in an All Blacks career which started five years ago in June 2012 when he made his Test debut against Ireland.

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen said this weekend had all the makings of another great Test match.


Wallabies – 15 Israel Folau, 14 Marika Koroibete, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Reece Hodge, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Will Genia, 8 Sean McMahon, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Jack Dempsey, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Stephen Moore, 17 Tom Robertson, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Lukhan Tui, 20 Ned Hanigan, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Samu Kerevi, 23 Henry Speight.

New Zealand: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Squire, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Samuel Whitelock, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Kane Hames
Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Matt Todd, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Anton Lienert-Brown, 23 David Havili

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