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Bledisloe I preview: Wallabies vs All Blacks
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Bledisloe I preview: Wallabies vs All Blacks

Australia hosts New Zealand on Saturday, August 16 in Bledisloe I at ANZ Stadium. The match kicks off at 8.00pm (AEST).

What: Australia v New Zealand Bledisloe I
When: Saturday, August 16 – 8:00pm (AEST)
Where: ANZ Stadium.
I can view it on: Fox Sports/Channel 10
Ladbrokes odds
Wallabies - $2.90
All Blacks - $1.40
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.

Five things the Wallabies must do to win Bledisloe I Five reasons why the All Blacks will win Bledisloe I


Thngs 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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