Wallabies confident ahead of third Test

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Relative newcomer loose forward Harry Wilson, who has played two Tests on the back of outstanding form for the Reds told rugby.com.au when asked if the All Blacks still had an aura of invincibility about them, "No. They've been good over the last 20 years, but times are changing now, and all their players are new.

 

"They're not the All Blacks of old, they're a new team, so it's time for us to step up," he said.

 

As Australia seek to end their Bledisloe Cup pain, they know they need to win both remaining Tests in the series to gain a hold of the Cup for the first time since they lost it in 2003.

 

"There is some real belief in the team. Obviously, we drew the first game and then lost the second, but we've got two games to win on our soil, and we started the path in New Zealand, and now they've got to come to our country and beat us here, so we're pretty excited," he said.

Backing his view was fullback Dane Haylett-Petty now recovered from an injury that prevented him playing at either Wellington or Auckland.

 

"There's been a switch in this group," he said.

 

"I think there's a lot of belief. We've seen in both games resilience. We haven't laid down, even when under pressure, and we've created a lot of opportunities.

 

"We put out a good performance in Wellington and then weren't able to back it up in Auckland.

 

"But we know that this group is capable of creating opportunities and we're going to have to take them if we want to beat one of the best teams in the world," he said.

Haylett-Petty was expecting changes for the Australian leg of the series by coach Dave Rennie.

 

"We've got a big group and a lot of guys are putting their hands up each session, pushing for selection.

 

"We've got a talented group, a lot of young guys coming through, which is exciting, and I think over the next nine days there will be a lot of guys pushing for those spots," he said.

The All Blacks play two Bledisloe Cup / Tri Nations matches against Australia at ANZ Stadium, Sydney, on Saturday October 31 (7.50pm NZT) and Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, on November 7 (9.45pm NZT), before the first game against Argentina at Bankwest Stadium, Sydney, on Saturday 14 November (7.10pm NZT).  The All Blacks will then have a bye weekend before the second Test against Argentina at McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle, on Saturday 28 November (9.45pm NZT).

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