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Rugby Championship: Australia make one change for New Zealand rematch

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Australia have made just one change for their Rugby Championship rematch with New Zealand - who have selected uncapped Tom Taylor at fly-half.

Australia coach Ewen McKenzie has brought Brumbies forward Scott Fardy into the starting XV after Hugh McMeniman suffered a serious shoulder injury in the 47-29 loss to the All Blacks in Sydney.

Fardy's place on the bench is taken by Kane Douglas.

"You can't fudge experience and I know this group learned a great deal from last week and will be much better for the experience on Saturday night," said McKenzie.

"We made a decision to reward players that were in-form and who we believed were capable of executing what we are trying to achieve as a group. That doesn't change overnight or following one losing result.

"It's always important to be conscious of finding a balance between selecting experience against youth but the only way to develop that experience is by providing opportunities to players and hoping they take them.

All Blacks boss Steve Hansen has chosen the uncapped Taylor at fly-half over the more experienced Colin Slade as the answer to a fly-half injury crisis.

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Crusaders utility Taylor will wear the All Blacks jersey for the first time as the home team attempts to overcome the loss through injury of No 10s Dan Carter, Aaron Cruden and Beauden Barrett.

The All Blacks were expected to award the starting role to the more experienced Slade, who played the latest of his 10 Tests for New Zealand during the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Instead, they have opted for the less experienced Taylor, promoting him into the starting line-up and naming Slade on the bench.

Carter was ruled out of the first two Championships matches with a calf injury, awarding the starting role to Cruden who suffered a knee injury during the late stages of the match in Sydney. Barrett took the field as his replacement but suffered a slight calf strain and was limping by the match's end.

Carter may be fit to return for New Zealand's third-round match against Argentina at Hamilton on September 7.

New Zealand: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Tom Taylor, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (c), 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Jeremy Thrush, 20 Sam Cane, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Colin Slade, 23 Charles Piutau.

Australia: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Israel Folau, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Christian Leali'ifano, 11 James O'Connor, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Will Genia, 8 Ben Mowen, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 James Horwill (capt), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 James Slipper.
Replacements: 16 Saia Fainga'a, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Sekope Kepu, 19 Kane Douglas, 20 Liam Gill, 21 Nic White, 22 Quade Cooper, 23 Tevita Kuridrani.

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