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Ewen McKenzie throws down gauntlet to All Blacks as Wallabies prepare for Bledisloe clash

GEORGINA ROBINSON 3:39pm Ewen McKenzie has challenged the All Blacks to "bring their A game" to the second Bledisloe Cup clash and defend their 28-year unbeaten run at Eden Park against the Wallabies. 

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Sydney vies for leg of rugby's world sevens series

Georgina Robinson

GEORGINA ROBINSON Allianz Stadium and the SCG Trust are close to pulling off a big coup by luring Australia's leg of the sevens world series to Sydney next year.

Ewen McKenzie hails James Horwill's response as forwards scrap for World Cup spots

Positive response: Former Wallabies captain James Horwill.

RUPERT GUINNESS In three years James Horwill has gone from being feted as the Wallabies captain for the 2011 World Cup to a player dropped from the 23-man squad for the Bledisloe Cup.

Ewen Mckenzie's Wallabies: same guys, different tactics for Eden Park

Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie announces the team for the second Bledisloe Cup Test in Sydney on Tuesday.

GEORGINA ROBINSON The Wallabies are on high alert for a harder-edged All Blacks outfit in their must-win second Bledisloe Cup clash in Auckland on Saturday.

Kurtley Beale remains at five-eighth for game two of Bledisloe Cup

Kurtley Beale looks to spread play on Saturday night.

GEORGINA ROBINSON Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has backed the same team to go one better than last week's draw and crack the Eden Park hoodoo against the All Blacks this weekend.

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Why the Wallabies can beat the All Blacks at Eden Park in Bledisloe II

Israel Folau will be looking to break his try drought in Auckland.

Andrew Mehrtens Despite a lot of talk about the All Black response at Eden Park, I see the Wallabies as an even bigger threat this week as they eye a great chance to snap a second win streak in as many weeks.

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Ewen McKenzie: Eden Park? Bring it on

Crash course: All Blacks captain Richie McCaw collides with Wallaby Kurtley Beale  on Saturday.

GEORGINA ROBINSON Ewen McKenzie has urged the Wallabies to put a "hollow" draw with the All Blacks behind them and tip the feared Eden Park hoodoo on its head with more running rugby - rain, hail or shine.

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James Slipper says Wallabies need more teamwork

James Slipper takes Aaron Cruden along for the ride in Bledisloe I.

GEORGINA ROBINSON James Slipper believes the Wallabies are "on the way up" against the All Blacks but must be much harder on themselves to notch a drought-breaking win at Eden Park. 

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After Wallabies' 'confusing' draw, Kurtley Beale waits for Ewen McKenzie's next thoughts

Kurtley Beale looks to spread play on Saturday night.

GEORGINA ROBINSON Kurtley Beale could only hope he had done enough to retain the No.10 jersey at Eden Park this weekend.

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Ewen McKenzie defends Michael Hooper over penalty calls

RUPERT GUINNESS The exasperation in the voice of Wallabies captain Michael Hooper was clear after his side drew 12-12 with the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Saturday night.

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Michael Hooper's Wallabies stand up to sternest test against All Blacks

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RUPERT GUINNESS Wallabies captain Michael Hooper’s faith in his restructured forward pack was never clearer than in the last few minutes of the first half of Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup opener against the All Blacks. Twice he rejected the option to kick for goal when awarded a penalty and instead chose to go for the scrum.

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Five things we learnt from the slippery Bledisloe Cup opener

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STEPHEN SAMUELSON Much has been written about kicking in Australian rugby this year. The lingering legacy of Jake White’s stint at the Brumbies is tactics that value field position above all else. Kicking in rugby is not the problem. Bad kicking is.

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Bledisloe Cup: Wallabies break All Blacks' record run in opener

Mud bath: Adam Ashley-Cooper is taken to the turf by Aaron Cruden.

GEORGINA ROBINSON A scrappy band of mud-smeared Wallabies denied the world's best Test rugby dynasty a history-making, record-breaking 18th win on the trot in front of a rain-affected 68,627 fans in Sydney.

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Wallabies indifferent to All Blacks' attempt at record consecutive wins

''You don’t need any more motivation than that big Bledisloe Cup

RUPERT GUINNESS All Blacks historians may have a blank page open in anticipation that the world's No.1 ranked team will provide a record 18th consecutive Test win to document when they play the Wallabies at ANZ Stadium at Homebush on Saturday night.

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Ewen McKenzie refuses to bite over Steve Hansen's comments on Kurtley Beale

In the spotlight: Kurtley Beale.

Marc Hinton and Rupert Guinness Ewen McKenzie has poured cold water on provocative comments from All Blacks coach Steve Hansen questioning his rival's selection of Kurtley Beale at five-eighth for the opening Bledisloe Cup Test.

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Wallabies' front row takes another hit but Sekope Kepu has faith

Front row replacements can get the job done: Sekope Kepu.

GEORGINA ROBINSON Experienced Test prop Sekope Kepu says the Wallabies can rise above a litany of injuries to match a seasoned All Blacks pack in front of more than 70,000 people at ANZ Stadium this weekend.

Christian Leali'ifano hoping to regain kicking accuracy and spot in Wallabies team

Kicking on: Brumbies and Wallabies star Christian Leali'ifano will be hoping to regain his goal kicking accuracy.

GEORGINA ROBINSON He was supposed to be Australia's answer to Dan Carter, Leigh Halfpenny and Morne Steyn.

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It's time: Why the Wallabies can win back the Bledisloe Cup

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MATTHEW BURKE The time for hoping, and wishing, is over ... this is the year the Wallabies CAN win back the Bledisloe Cup.

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Coach Ewen McKenzie can afford a 'grunt-laugh' after turning around Wallabies

Eye on the prize: Michael Hooper casts a glance towards the Bledisloe Cup in Penrith on Friday.

GEORGINA ROBINSON They have been Ewen McKenzie's Wallabies for a year now and bear the scars and bruises to prove it. 

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ARU confident of luring best talent for Sevens despite cash constraints

Sevens potential: Wallabies fullback Israel Folau.

GEORGINA ROBINSON The Australian Rugby Union is confident it will be able to attract the best talent ahead of Australia's 2016 Olympics sevens campaign without tipping in any extra cash. 

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ARU deal likely after Kurtley Beale feels the 'love'

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GEORGINA ROBINSON The signs are looking good for Kurtley Beale to announce a new one-year deal with the Australian Rugby Union.

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Ewen McKenzie must be wary if tinkering with Wallabies' midfield

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PAUL CULLY A very good England side toured New Zealand in June this year and departed on the end of 3-0 series loss.

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Tyro Wallaby Sam Carter tipped to face All Blacks in Rugby Championship opener

Big test: Sam Carter will lock horns with the All Blacks pack.

GEORGINA ROBINSON One-Test wonder Sam Carter is less than a week away from staring down one of the most successful second-row partnerships in world rugby.

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Pat McCabe set to cap Super comeback season with Wallabies start

Fairytale return: Pat McCabe.

GEORGINA ROBINSON Storming Brumbies back Pat McCabe looks set for his first Test start in almost two years when the Wallabies take on New Zealand in the Bledisloe Cup opener next week.

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James Slipper says Wallabies don't care about All Blacks' shot at record in Bledisloe clash

Promise: Nathan Charles (left) with James Slipper at Mount Panorama on Wednesday.

GEORGINA ROBINSON The All Blacks are 80 minutes away from claiming the longest ever Test-match winning streak among tier-one nations but the Wallabies "don't really care".

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Nathan Charles won't let Wallabies down against All Blacks, says Michael Foley

GEORGINA ROBINSON World Cup-winning former Wallabies hooker Michael Foley has backed rookie Nathan Charles to rise to the challenge of packing down against the All Blacks in the first Bledisloe Cup Test next weekend. 

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Rugby

Injured prop Scott Sio leaves Wallabies squad

Scott Sio is assisted from the field in the Dubbo camp.

Scott Sio has left the Wallabies squad after rolling his ankle at training on Monday and will be replaced by Laurie Weeks.

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Rugby Championship 2014

Round 1
Sat, 16 AugTimes shown AEST
AUS 12 vs NZL 12 Report Stats
Sun, 17 AugTimes shown AEST
RSA 13 vs ARG 6 Report Stats
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Round 2
Sat, 23 AugTimes shown AEST
NZL vs AUS 17:35EP
Sun, 24 AugTimes shown AEST
ARG vs RSA 05:10Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena
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Round 3
Sat, 06 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL vs ARG 17:35McLean Park
AUS vs RSA 20:05PatS
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Round 4
Sat, 13 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL vs RSA 17:35WS
AUS vs ARG 20:05Cbus Super Stadium
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Sun, 28 SepTimes shown AEST
RSA vs AUS 01:05Newlands
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RSA vs NZL 01:05EllS
ARG vs AUS 09:40Estadio Malvinas Argentinas
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Australia 1 0 0 1 0 2
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Argentina 1 0 1 0 -7 1
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