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The second round of the Rugby Championship starts in Wellington New Zealand where the All Blacks host the Wallabies at Westpac Stadium.

New Zealand’s All Blacks earned a resounding 8-42 victory over Australia’s Wallabies last week in Sydney and this weekend the All Blacks have home advantage.

Last week’s All Black victory over Australia was their third straight win over the Wallabies across all venues but worryingly for Australia the All Blacks have won their last 18 matches against Australia on New Zealand soil.

Overall New Zealand have played Australia 156 times and they have won 107 matches or 69% of the matches. They have lost 42 matches and drawn 7.

In New Zealand the All Blacks have played the Wallabies 71 times and they have won 55 matches, lost 15 and drawn one which gives them a record of winning 78%.

The average score when the All Blacks play Australia in New Zealand is New Zealand 21 Australia 12.

As mentioned earlier the All Blacks have won their last 18 matches against Australia in New Zealand as the Wallabies last won in August 2001 in Dunedin.

In terms of selection this week the All Blacks have handed a test debut to Chiefs mid-fielder Anton Lienert-Brown as one of four changes from last week.

Prop Joe Moody returns from injury to start at loosehead prop, with Wyatt Crockett set to play his 50th Test from the bench. In the other changes, James Parsons’ experience sees him named at replacement hooker, while Seta Tamanivalu is in the 23 jersey as back cover.

The more surprising selections this weekend are in the Wallabies team as coach Michael Cheika has named Quade Cooper to start ahead of Bernard Foley in the number 10 jersey. Cooper has not played for Australia since the pool stages of the 2015 World Cup.

Foley remains in the team but has been moved out to inside centre replacing Matt Giteau and Matt Toomua who are both injured. Samu Kerevi partners Foley at outside centre in his first appearance since the second Test against England in June.

Elsewhere Western Force lock Adam Coleman earns his first start for the Wallabies after making his debut off the bench in the third Test against England. Brumbies flanker Scott Fardy has also earned a re-call to the starting side while Will Skelton will make his return via the bench after sitting out the opening Bledisloe encounter last weekend.

Melbourne Rebels utility Reece Hodge is in line to make his debut after being named on the bench alongside Tevita Kuridrani and Nick Phipps.

The Bookies have given Australia a 19 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. Given the form New Zealand showed last week and their record at home only a brave fan would expect an Australian victory this weekend. New Zealand should win by 21 or more.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ (Sky), Aus (Fox Sports), SA (SuperSport) and in the UK on Sky Sports 4/HD.

Average score: New Zealand 21 Australia 14

Last five results
Sat, 20 Aug 2016 NZL v AUS 42-8 Stadium Australia, Sydney
Sat, 31 Oct 2015 WC Final NZL v AUS 34-17 Twickenham, London
Sat, 15 Aug 2015 NZL v AUS 41-13 Eden Park, Auckland
Sat, 08 Aug 2015 NZL v AUS 19-27 Stadium Australia, Sydney
Sat, 18 Oct 2014 NZL v AUS 29-28 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

New Zealand’s overall record against Australia
Played 156, Wins 107 , Losses 42 , Draws 7

Match No.3:New Zealand v Australia
Date : 27 Aug 2016
Venue :Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Kick Off local: 19.35
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
Assistant Ref 1:Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant Ref 2:Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
TMO : Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

Teams

New Zealand

1. Joe Moody, 2. Dane Coles , 3. Owen Franks , 4. Brodie Retallick, 5. Samuel Whitelock , 6. Jerome Kaino, 7. Sam Cane , 8. Kieran Read (c) ,, 9. Aaron Smith , 10. Beauden Barrett , 11. Julian Savea , 12. Anton Lienert-Brown, 13. Malakai Fekitoa , 14. Israel Dagg , 15. Ben Smith ,

Replacements : 16. James Parsons , 17. Wyatt Crockett , 18. Charlie Faumuina, 19. Liam Squire, 20. Ardie Savea , 21. TJ Perenara , 22. Aaron Cruden , 23. Seta Tamanivalu

Australia

1. Scott Sio,2. Stephen Moore (c),3. Sekope Kepu,4. Kane Douglas,5. Adam Coleman,6. Scott Fardy,7. Michael Hooper ,8. David Pocock ,9. Will Genia ,10. Quade Cooper,11. Dane Haylett-Petty ,12. Bernard Foley,13. Samu Kerevi ,14. Adam Ashley-Cooper ,15. Israel Folau ,

Replacements :16. Tatafu Polota-Nau,17. James Slipper,18. Allan Ala’alatoa ,19. Will Skelton,20. Dean Mumm ,21. Nick Phipps ,22. Tevita Kuridrani ,23. Reece Hodge*

*denotes uncapped

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