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Australia head coach Michael Cheika has named a Wallabies team with three changes for this weekend’s Rugby Championship Bledisloe Cup match against New Zealand’s All Blacks in Dunedin.

Dane Haylett-Petty has overcome a biceps injury and will start in place of Curtis Rona at Forsyth Barr Stadium, while Tevita Kuridrani will wear the 13 jersey in his 49th Test, with Samu Kerevi out of the matchday 23.

Rona who made his Test debut last weekend in Sydney rotates to the replacments bench this weekend.

In the other change to the starting side, Rob Simmons moves into the second row with Rory Arnold on the bench.

Cheika will confirm his bench after Friday’s Captain’s Run with Lopeti Timani bracketed alongside one-Test rookie Jack Dempsey.

The Wallabies will be chasing victory in the second Test to keep their Bledisloe Cup hopes alive after a 34-54 defeat at the hands of New Zealand last weekend in Sydney.

The last time Australia tasted victory in New Zealand was in Dunedin – that coming back in 2001 at the now defunct Carisbrook, with Saturday’s Test undercover at Forsyth Barr Stadium.

The only previous meeting at Forsyth Barr Stadium was in 2013, with New Zealand running out 41-33 victors.

Australia

1. Scott Sio, 2. Stephen Moore , 3. Allan Alaalatoa , 4. Rob Simmons, 5. Adam Coleman, 6. Ned Hanigan , 7. Michael Hooper (c) , 8. Sean McMahon , 9. Will Genia, 10. Bernard Foley , 11. Henry Speight , 12. Kurtley Beale , 13. Tevita Kuridrani , 14. Dane Haylett-Petty, 15. Israel Folau

Replacements : 16. Tatafu Polota-Nau , 17. Tom Robertson, 18. Sekope Kepu, 19. Rory Arnold , 20. Lopeti Timani /Jack Dempsey , 21. Nick Phipps , 22. Reece Hodge

 

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