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Australia’s Wallabies will be hoping for a vastly improved performance this weekend in the Rugby Championship after New Zealand’s All Blacks beat them 29-47 in Sydney last weekend.

Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has named an unchanged team apart from one injury enforced change after Hugh McMeniman aggravated an old injury and has been replaced by Brumbies flanker Scott Fardy.

The All Blacks have also been forced into change as Aaron Cruden and Beauden Barrett are both injured. Coach Steve Hansen has brought in Tom Taylor ahead of the more experienced Colin Slade.

In other changes Brodie Retallick comes into the starting line up for Luke Romano.

Taylor’s selection is the most notable of the clash as he will be making his debut and starting in the most influential position. Taylor has however shown for the Crusaders that he can handle pressure.

Last week’s 29-47 victory for the All Blacks was their 100th Test victory over the Wallabies and they have now won 68% of their 147 matches between the teams.

In the 147 clashes there have been six draws so the Wallabies have won just 28% of their matches against New Zealand.

The average score when New Zealand play Australia across all venues is New Zealand 20 Australia 14.

The All Blacks have played the Wallabies 67 times in New Zealand and they have won 51 of those clashes – there was one draw.

That record gives New Zealand a record of winning 76% of their home matches against the Wallabies. The average score when the All Blacks play the Wallabies in New Zealand is New Zealand 20 Australia 12.

The All Blacks will go into this match as huge favourites as Australia have lost their last 14 matches in New Zealand against the World Champions.

The last Test victory for the Wallabies in New Zealand was 12 years ago when Australia won 15-23 in Dunedin.

Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has identified who he thinks the future of Australian Rugby belongs to and last week’s loss shows that they have some way to go.

The Bookies have given Australia a 14 point start for this Match – with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. The Wallabies will perform better this week but the All Blacks will have too much firepower again this week and will win comfortably. New Zealand should win by 15 or more.

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

Average score: New Zealand 20 Australia 14

Last five results
17 Aug 2013 NZL v AUS 47-29 Stadium Australia, Sydney
20 Oct 2012 NZL v AUS 18-18 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
25 Aug 2012 NZL v AUS 22-0 Eden Park, Auckland
18 Aug 2012 NZL v AUS 27-19 Stadium Australia, Sydney
16 Oct 2011 RWC Semi NZL v AUS 20-6 Eden Park, Auckland

New Zealand’s overall record against Australia
Played 147, Wins 100 ,Losses 41 ,Draws 6

Match No.3: New Zealand v Australia
Date : 24 Aug 2013
Venue : Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1:Craig Joubert
Assistant Ref 2:Lourens van der Merwe
TMO : Shuan Veldsman

Teams

New Zealand

Israel Dagg, Ben Smith, Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Julian Savea, Tom Taylor, Aaron Smith, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (captain), Steven Luatua, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Owen Franks, Andrew Hore, Tony Woodcock.

Replacements: Dane Coles, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Jeremy Thrush, Sam Cane, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Colin Slade, Charles Piutau.

Australia

Jesse Mogg; Israel Folau, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Christian Lealiifano, James O’Connor; Matt Toomua, Will Genia; Ben Mowen, Michael Hooper, Scott Fardy; James Horwill (capt), Rob Simmons; Ben Alexander, Stephen Moore, James Slipper.

Replacements:: Saia Faingaa, Scott Sio, Sekope Kepu, Kane Douglas, Liam Gill, Nic White, Quade Cooper, Tevita Kuridrani.

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