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Out of the last six Rugby Championship matches between Australia’s Wallabies and New Zealand’s All Blacks there has been one draw and the All Blacks have won five.

The 2015 Rugby Championship title will be decided in this match as Australia and New Zealand lead the standings on nine points and cannot be caught. Australia have their best ever opportunity to win the Rugby Championship title as they have home advantage and only need a draw as they lead the standings on points difference.

The Rugby Championship started in 2012 and New Zealand have only ever lost one match and have won the title every year so with just a draw Australia can make history and become the second team to win the tournament.

Overall Australia have played New Zealand 152 times since 1903 and the Wallabies have won 41 matches or 27% of their matches against the All Blacks. The average score when these teams meet is Australia 14 New Zealand 20.

This weekend the match will be played in Sydney so Australia will have home advantage which they have had in 78 of the 152 matches. Out of the 78 matches Australia have won 24 matches and lost 48 times. There have been six draws in these matches.

These two nations have met 53 times in Sydney and they have won 19 times or 36% of the matches. On average the score when these two nations meet in Sydney is Australia 15 New Zealand 19.

Both teams have played South Africa and Argentina and they remain unbeaten. Australia lead the points difference by one point.

In terms of selection New Zealand have named exciting back Nehe Milner-Skudder on the right wing where he will partner Julian Savea and Ben Smith in the back three. This will be Savea’s first test of 2015 and Milner-Skudder’s debut.

Also in the back line is Dan Carter at 10 after being rested while Sonny Bill Williams also returns from a week’s rest to start alongside Conrad Smith.

In the forward pack, Jerome Kaino comes in at blindside flanker while Luke Romano comes in at lock. While Milner-Skudder will win his first cap the rest of the starting team has a combined 868 caps with another 183 on the bench.

The Wallabies have named both David Pocock and Michael Hooper in a starting team for the first time ever so there should be a massive contest at the breakdown and Richie McCaw will have to work hard for the ball.

Matt Giteau returns from injury for his first start against New Zealand since 2011 and the 93-Test veteran will join Bernard Foley and Tevita Kuridrani in the Wallabies midfield. Drew Mitchell will get his first opportunity in the Wallabies starting XV this season.

In the forwards Dean Mumm comes in to replace Will Skelton who drops to the bench for impact later in the match.

The last time that Australia beat New Zealand was in 2011 when they won the last ever TriNations title. This match is also the first Bledisloe Cup match for 2015 and the last time Australia held it was in 2002.

The Bookies have given Australia a 6 point start for this Match – with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. The All Blacks will know that Australia will be happy with a draw so they will go all out for the victory and also to retain the Bledisloe Cup for another year. New Zealand should win by 4.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 3/HD.

Average score: Australia 14 New Zealand 20

Last six results
Sat, 18 Oct 2014 Australia v New Zealand 28-29 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 Australia v New Zealand 20-51 Eden Park, Auckland
Sat, 16 Aug 2014 Australia v New Zealand 12-12 Stadium Australia, Sydney
Sat, 19 Oct 2013 Australia v New Zealand 33-41 Otago Stadium, Dunedin
Sat, 24 Aug 2013 Australia v New Zealand 16-27 Westpac Trust, Wellington
Sat, 17 Aug 2013 Australia v New Zealand 29-47 Stadium Australia, Sydney

Australia overall record against New Zealand
Played 152, Wins 41 , Losses 104 , Draws 7

Match No.5:Australia v New Zealand
Date : Saturday 8 August 2015
Venue : ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Kick Off local: 20:05 local, 07:05 ART, 10:05 GMT, 12:05 SAST, 22:05 NZST
Referee: Wayne Barnes
Assistant Ref 1:Nigel Owens
Assistant Ref 2:Federico Anselmi
TMO : Shaun Veldsman

Teams

Australia

1. Scott Sio, 2. Stephen Moore, (C) , 3. Sekope Kepu, 4. Dean Mumm, 5. James Horwill, 6. Scott Fardy, 7. Michael Hooper, (VC), 8. David Pocock, 9. Nick Phipps, 10. Bernard Foley 11. Drew Mitchell, 12. Matt Giteau, 13. Tevita Kuridrani, 14. Adam Ashley-Cooper (VC) , 15. Israel Folau

Replacements : 16. Tatafu Polota-Nau , 17. James Slipper, 18. Greg Holmes, 19. Will Skelton , 20. Ben McCalman, 21. Nic White, 22. Matt Toomua, 23. Kurtley Beale

New Zealand

Tony Woodcock, Dane Coles, Owen Franks , Brodie Retallick, Luke Romano , Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw (c), Kieran Read , Aaron Smith , Daniel Carter, Julian Savea , Sonny Bill Williams , Conrad Smith, Nehe Milner-Skudder , Ben Smith

Replacements : 16. Codie Taylor, 17. Ben Franks , 18. Nepo Laulala , 19. Samuel Whitelock , 20. Sam Cane, 21. TJ Perenara , 22. Beauden Barrett , 23. Malakai Fekitoa

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