PREVIEW: All Blacks v Australia

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Matches played: 156
All Blacks won: 107
Australia won: 42
Draw: 7
Last Match: All Blacks 42, Australia 8 (20 August 2016)
Largest All Blacks winning margin: 43-6 (1996)
Last Australia victory: 27-19 (2015)

Match details:
All Blacks v Australia, 7.35pm, Saturday 27 August, Westpac Stadium, Wellington


Both teams have been rocked by injury with Ryan Crotty, Waisake Naholo and Codie Taylor all dropping out of the All Blacks 23 from the first Test. In the backs, Chiefs midfielder Anton Lienert-Brown comes into second five-eighth for his first Test while Julian Savea starts on the wing in place of Naholo. Upfront, Dane Coles starts at hooker after coming on from the bench last week while James Parsons and Seta Tamanivalu bolster the bench. Australia have reshuffled their midfield with serious injuries to Matt Giteau, Rob Horne and Matt Toomua last week. Usual first five-eighth Bernard Foley has shifted out a spot to second five-eighth with Quade Cooper taking over the 10 jersey and the blockbusting midfielder Samu Kerevi coming in at centre. In the pack, Western Force lock Adam Coleman will earn his first Wallabies start in the second row.


Since beating the All Blacks in Dunedin in 2001, the Wallabies are yet to taste success in the corresponding 18 Test matches played in New Zealand. It makes the challenge of regaining the Bledisloe Cup even more imposing for Australia with two Test matches left in New Zealand this year. The All Blacks winning streak in New Zealand goes wider than just Australia though. Since losing to South Africa in Hamilton in 2009, the All Blacks have been undefeated at home for 41 straight Test matches.

One of the most crucial clashes on the park will be between rival pivots Beauden Barrett and Quade Cooper. Barrett has been in sublime form in 2016 and was a constant threat to the Wallabies defence in the first Test. Quade Cooper is a mercurial player who is capable of creating something out of nothing. His return to the Wallabies Test line up for the first time since the 2015 Rugby World Cup will provide an attacking spark that was missing in the first Test.
Anton Lienert-Brown’s rise to the All Blacks starting line-up has come quicker than many would have expected. With injuries to Sonny Bill Williams, Ryan Crotty and George Moala in the midfield, the 21-year-old Chiefs star has been given an opportunity to start in the number 12 jersey.
New Zealand: 1. Joe Moody (14) 2. Dane Coles (40) 3. Owen Franks (81) 4. Brodie Retallick (51) 5. Samuel Whitelock (76) 6. Jerome Kaino (70) 7. Sam Cane (35) 8. Kieran Read - captain (88) 9. Aaron Smith (51) 10. Beauden Barrett (40) 11. Julian Savea (44) 12. Anton Lienert-Brown 13. Malakai Fekitoa (16) 14. Israel Dagg (52) 15. Ben Smith (52)

16. James Parsons (1) 17. Wyatt Crockett (49) 18. Charlie Faumuina (37) 19. Liam Squire (2) 20. Ardie Savea (3) 21. TJ Perenara (20) 22. Aaron Cruden (40) 23. Seta Tamanivalu (2)

Australia: 1. Scott Sio (19 Tests) 2. Stephen Moore - C (106 Tests) 3. Sekope Kepu (67 Tests) 4. Kane Douglas (24 Tests) 5. Adam Coleman (1 Test) 6. Scott Fardy (34 Tests) 7. Michael Hooper (55 Tests) 8. David Pocock (57 Tests) 9. Will Genia (67 Tests) 10. Quade Cooper (58 Tests) 11. Dane Haylett-Petty (4 Tests) 12. Bernard Foley (31 Tests) 13. Samu Kerevi (2 Tests) 14. Adam Ashley-Cooper (115 Tests) 15. Israel Folau (42 Tests)

16. Tatafu Polota-Nau (65 Tests) 17. James Slipper (78 Tests) 18. Allan Ala’alatoa (1 Test) 19. Will Skelton (15 Tests) 20. Dean Mumm (47 Tests) 21. Nick Phipps (43 Tests) 22. Tevita Kuridrani (35 Tests) 23. Reece Hodge*