Watch Rugby Championship Live Streaming Australia Wallabies vs New Zealand All Blacks Bledisloe Cup match will be kick off at ANZ Stadium, Sydney,Saturday 16 August 2014 online, 20:05 AEDT and its broadcast on Fox Network/Channel 10/Channel 7/Fox Sports/Network 11/Sky Sports.
he 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.
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. 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.
“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.
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.
Wallabies: I Folau (Waratahs); P McCabe (Brumbies), A Ashley-Cooper (Waratahs), M Toomua (Brumbies), R Horne (Waratahs), K Beale (Waratahs), N White (Brumbies); J Slipper (Reds), N Charles (Western Force), S Kepu (Waratahs), R Simmons (Reds), S Carter (Brumbies), S Fardy (Brumbies), M Hooper (Waratahs), W Palu (Waratahs).
Reserves: J Hanson (Reds), P Cowan (Western Force), B Alexander (Brumbies), W Skelton (Waratahs), B McCalman (Western Force), S Higginbotham (Melbourne Rebels), N Phipps (Waratahs), B Foley (Waratahs) T Kuridrani (Brumbies).
All Blacks: Wyatt Crockett (27),Dane Coles (18),Owen Franks (57), Brodie Retallick (27),Samuel Whitelock (54),Jerome Kaino (51),Richie McCaw (c) (127),Kieran Read (62),Aaron Smith (29),Aaron Cruden (32),Julian Savea (22),Ma’a Nonu (91),Conrad Smith (77),Cory Jane (48),Ben Smith (29)
Reserves: Keven Mealamu (113),Ben Franks (31),Joe Moody *,Steven Luatua (11),Sam Cane (14),,TJ Perenara (3),Beauden Barrett (19),Malakai Fekitoa