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That the Aussies have been much better this year than the past three years is a fact but they will have to beat a team that have only lost two times in the last four years to get their hands on the Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship trophies.

The Wallabies coach Michael Chieka saw what the Springboks did two weeks ago with denying the All Blacks quick ball and picked Hooper and Pocock in his starting fifteen. This is a clear move by the Aussies that they are going to hit the rucks and prevent the All Blacks any quick ball.

The Aussies are dangerous with the counter attack and have some brilliant runners in their backline, but it is one thing to get the ball and a total other story to get pass the world number one team.

The Aussies have not beaten the All Blacks in four years and this will be a test that will test both teams ahead of the World Cup.

For the All Blacks Carter, Savea and Williams are back while Ben Smith will return at fullback. Nene Milner Skudder will make his All Black debut at wing in his first test.

Skills wise, these two teams are up there with the best but there is now better team when it comes to off-loads ability and putting the danger men into space.

As we saw from the try of McCaw against the Springboks, the All Blacks are always evolving and wants to get better every game, this is the danger of any team facing the All Blacks.

The one thing that is in the Aussies favoure, they are playing at home and that is one lace were you do have a small change in beating the All Blacks.

All Blacks – 15 Ben Smith, 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (c), 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Luke Romano, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Subs: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Sam Whitelock, 20 Sam Cane, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Malakai Fekitoa.

Wallabies – 15 Israel Folau, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Giteau, 11 Drew Mitchell, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 David Pocock, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 James Horwill, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Stephen Moore (c), 1 Scott Sio.
Subs: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 James Slipper, 18 Greg Holmes, 19 Will Skelton, 20 Ben McCalman, 21 Nic White, 22 Matt Toomua, 23 Kurtley Beale.

Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

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  1. Not sure how much home advantage the Aussies enjoy, Jacques. I think the stats are something like in the 30 games played between the sides in Sydney since WW2, NZ has won 16 and Aus 14.

  2. You’re a kindhearted sort of guy, Jacques. Aussies have retracted into their shells after the shellacking their cricket side received in the 4th Ashes test – maybe they do all need some tlc?

  3. Refuse to watch Steve ” Puffy ” Hansen & his charges toy with the Australians like a cat that just found a bug on the floor.

    That said, I hope that BC’s Hyphenated-Hero @ #15 does well so he will be happy and it will inspire him to provide more great interviews in the near future.

  4. Bledisloe rugby… the epitome of rugby for mine!

    Cannot even remember the last time the Wallabies won (a game) but they have always been brutal and the pinnacle of where the game is and was…

  5. This has to be the best pack I have seen in eons… and the lock combo of Retalick/Romano is simply huge!

  6. Bledieloe rugby is skillful rugby which is why the ozzies are in with s shout and can pick hooper and Pocock in both pack.

    But it’s not the epitome of test match rugby – that remains a Bok v AB clash.

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