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Wallabies unchanged for second All Black Test

Kurtley Beale has retained his place in the Wallabies starting line up

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Article Published: Tuesday 19 August 2014|

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Australian head coach Ewen McKenzie has named an unchanged Wallabies line up for Saturday's second Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup Test against New Zealand in Auckland.

The Wallabies and All Blacks drew 12-all in a tryless contest at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Saturday and McKenzie has remained consistent with his selections.

"We were impressed with the pressure we were able to apply in the opening Test and, despite some errors, were pleased with the intent of the group to continue attacking despite the poor weather conditions, McKenzie said.

"I imagine both teams are excited by the prospect of a dry evening in Auckland on Saturday night, which will have an influence on the way the game is played.

"For us, we know we need to be more clinical in certain areas, but overall we feel the same group of guys deserve the opportunity to have another crack.

"Selection is never easy, although we've made a lot of tough decisions in this space over the past 12 months with the ultimate goal of winning games. You're always looking to improve and I'm confident the sum of those hard choices has put us in a better position today.

"While we didn't quite get there on Saturday night, I do know that we've made good progress since our first Test against New Zealand a year ago.

"That gives us some confidence heading into what will be an extremely tough challenge in Auckland on Saturday night."

After a draw ended New Zealand's 17-game win streak at the weekend, the Wallabies will now turn their attention to one of Rugby's great challenges, playing the All Blacks at Eden Park.

Australia has not won at the venue since 1986, while the All Blacks have won 32 straight games at Eden Park against all opposition dating back to 1994.

However, McKenzie said his players wouldn't be daunted by the Eden Park history.

"Recent results would suggest Eden Park hasn't been a happy place for Australia and already this week we've seen that not many people are giving us a chance in Auckland," he said.

"Sporting records are there to be broken and we'll look forward to the opportunity of playing the All Blacks in their own backyard on Saturday night."

Australia

Israel Folau; Pat McCabe, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Matt Toomua, Rob Horne; Kurtley Beale, Nic White; Wycliff Palu, Michael Hooper (capt), Scott Fardy; Rob Simmons, Sam Carter; Sekope Kepu, Nathan Charles, James Slipper

Replacements: James Hanson, Pek Cowan, Ben Alexander, Will Skelton, Scott Higginbotham, Nick Phipps, Bernard Foley, Tevita Kuridrani

 
 
 
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