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All Blacks provide ultimate test

"They're looking unbeatable - all the time" ... Wallabies five-eighth Kurtley Beale on the All Blacks.

"They're looking unbeatable - all the time" ... Wallabies five-eighth Kurtley Beale on the All Blacks. Photo: Getty Images

THERE IS no better reality check in world rugby than looking up at the fixture list and seeing the words ''All Blacks'' pencilled in for the next game.

As such, the Wallabies are busy trying to find a way to unpick a New Zealand juggernaut that has not lost a game in 14 months.

Coincidentally, that last loss happened to be in Brisbane against the Wallabies in August last year. But that was a very different Wallabies squad and the All Blacks return to Queensland as world champions.

''Obviously they are in awesome form at the moment,'' Wallabies five-eighth Kurtley Beale said. ''They're looking unbeatable - all the time … They're playing some really exciting football. All of their players are close to being the best in their positions in the world.''

Despite all of that, and a horrible injury toll, there is fight in the Wallabies, partly because it is the All Blacks and partly because the players, and the coach, know exactly what is riding on this game. The flattery for the heart on show in Rosario and the temporary removal of the blowtorch to Robbie Deans will be swiftly reversed if they are flogged by the Kiwis at home.

On a personal front, Beale knows a strong showing at No.10 will go a long way to proving he really is the long-term solution in that position for the Wallabies. On a team front, he understands the fans will want them to if not win, at least die trying.

''This is the big game for everyone in the team to stand up and put their hand up for a long-term position,'' he said. ''It's going to be a massive challenge for us.''

There is other motivation from within. Nathan Sharpe will captain the side for his final Test on home soil before retirement and would love nothing more than to be seen off with what would be a famous victory.

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Rugby Internationals 2014

Round 1
Sat, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 18 vs TGA 18 Report Stats
FJI 25 vs ITA 14 Report Stats
NZL 20 vs ENG 15 Report Stats
AUS 50 vs FRA 23 Report Stats
Sun, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 47 vs WXV 13 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 29 Report Stats
USA 6 vs SCO 24 Report Stats
CAN 25 vs JPN 34 Report Stats
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Round 2
Sat, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 15 vs ITA Report Stats
FJI 45 vs TGA 17 Report Stats
NZL 28 vs ENG 27 Report Stats
AUS 6 vs FRA Report Stats
Sun, 15 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 38 vs WAL 16 Report Stats
CAN 17 vs SCO 19 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 23 Report Stats
USA 29 vs JPN 37 Report Stats
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Round 3
Sat, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
ARG 19 vs SCO 21 Report Stats
FJI 13 vs SAM 18 Report Stats
JPN 26 vs ITA 23 Report Stats
AUS 39 vs FRA 13 Stats
NZL 36 vs ENG 13 Report Stats
Sun, 22 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 31 vs WAL 30 Report Stats
USA 38 vs CAN 35 Report Stats
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Round 4
Sun, 29 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 55 vs SCO 6 Report Stats
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Round 5
Sun, 02 NovTimes shown AEDT
BAR 36 vs AUS 40 Report Stats
USA 6 vs NZL 74 Report Stats
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Round 6
Sun, 09 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 24 vs SAM 13 Report Stats
ENG 21 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
WAL 28 vs AUS 33 Report Stats
FRA 40 vs FJI 14 Report Stats
IRE 29 vs RSA 15 Report Stats
SCO 41 vs ARG 31 Report Stats
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Round 7
Sun, 16 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 18 vs ARG 20 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs RSA 31 Report Stats
WAL 17 vs FJI 13 Report Stats
SCO 16 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
FRA 29 vs AUS 26 Report Stats
Mon, 17 NovTimes shown AEDT
IRE 49 vs GEO 7 Report Stats
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Sun, 23 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 6 vs RSA 22 Report Stats
SCO 37 vs TGA 12 Report Stats
IRE 26 vs AUS 23 Report Stats
WAL 16 vs NZL 34 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs SAM 9 Report Stats
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Sun, 30 NovTimes shown AEDT
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