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Australia make four changes for All Blacks in Bledisloe Cup




Australia head coach Michael Cheika has included David Pocock on the replacements bench for his Wallabies team to play the All Blacks in the final Bledisloe Cup clash at Eden Park, Auckland on Saturday.

Cheika has made four changes to the starting line up that played against Argentina in London in the final Rugby Championship match.

Nick Phipps will wear the number 9 jersey in the absence of Will Genia and joins Bernard Foley in the halves.

Foley’s shift to flyhalf sees Reece Hodge claim the number 12 jersey, with the Melbourne Rebels star moving to his preferred position for the first time in the Gold jersey.

It’s a return to the Test arena for Brumbies winger Henry Speight who hasn’t featured for the Wallabies in over a year, after his stint in the Australian Men’s Sevens squad.

Speight scored a try in his last start for the Wallabies, dotting down in the 65-3 rout of Uruguay at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

In stark contrast, Cheika has named an unchanged forward pack for the first time in 2016 with Lopeti Timani holding onto the number 8 jersey after David Pocock proved his fitness late on.

Pocock will come off the bench at Eden Park in what will be his first Test since breaking his hand in the 36-20 win over Argentina on September 17.

The final Bledisloe Cup clash will be a special occasion for captain Stephen Moore, who will become the fourth most-capped Wallaby in history, overtaking George Smith when he runs out for his 112th Test.


1. Scott Sio,2. Stephen Moore (c) ,3. Sekope Kepu ,4. Rory Arnold ,5. Adam Coleman ,6. Dean Mumm ,7. Michael Hooper,8. Lopeti Timani ,9. Nick Phipps ,10. Bernard Foley ,11. Henry Speight ,12. Reece Hodge ,13. Samu Kerevi ,14. Dane Haylett-Petty ,15. Israel Folau ,

Replacements :16. James Hanson ,17. Tom Robertson ,18. Allan Alaalatoa ,19. Rob Simmons ,20. David Pocock ,21. Nick Frisby,22. Quade Cooper ,23. Sefa Naivalu,

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