Australia make one change for Bledisloe decider against All Blacks
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Last Updated: 15/08/19 6:36am
Australia coach Michael Cheika has made only one injury-enforced change for Saturday's second Bledisloe Cup Test against the All Blacks at Eden Park.
Last weekend's 47-26 victory over the All Blacks in Perth gives the Wallabies a chance to hold aloft the symbol of trans-Tasman Sea supremacy for the first time since 2002.
Adam Coleman moves up from the bench to replace the injured Rory Arnold in the second row with Rob Simmons coming into the match-day 23 as lock cover.
Arnold suffered a hand injury in last week's and was replaced by Coleman in the 55th minute, although the Wallabies did not lose any of the aggression that laid the foundation for the victory.
In other changes to the bench, uncapped loose forward Liam Wright looks set for his Test debut while 35-year-old outside back Adam Ashley-Cooper gets a chance to press for a trip to a fourth World Cup. Luke Jones and Tom Banks missed out.
The Wallabies only need to draw on Saturday to regain the Bledisloe Cup but have not beaten New Zealand at Eden Park since 1986.
Injured loose forward David Pocock was left out of the 23-man squad despite training with the Wallabies in Melbourne this week.
The 31-year-old has not played since March due to a calf injury and although Cheika said last week he would be available for Saturday's match, Australia are clearly taking no chances with him ahead of the World Cup.
Cheika also retained James O'Connor at centre after the 29-year-old impressed with his distribution and deceptive running in his first appearance at Test level in the number 13 jersey.
The form of scrum-half Nic White, who was man of the match last week, has again kept veteran Will Genia, 31, on the bench.
Australia: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Reece Hodge, 13 James O'Connor, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Nic White; 1 Scott Sio, 2 Tolu Latu, 3 Allan Alaalatoa; 4 Izack Rodda, 5 Adam Coleman; 6 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 8 Isi Naisarani
Replacements: 16 Folau Fainga'a, 17 James Slipper, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Rob Simmons, 20 Liam Wright, 21 Will Genia, 22 Matt Toomua, 23 Adam Ashley-Cooper