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    Qantas Wallabies Named for Bledisloe Cup#2

    There are three changes in personnel, and a positional switch in the Qantas Wallabies starting XV that has been named today for Saturday night’s second Bledisloe Cup Test against New Zealand in Christchurch.

    NSW Waratahs fullback Kurtley Beale and the Faingaa twins, inside centre Anthony and hooker Saia, have all been promoted into the run on side after featuring from the bench during last weekend’s 28-49 loss to the All Blacks in Melbourne.

    They take the places of Rob Horne, Berrick Barnes and Stephen Moore respectively, with Adam Ashley-Cooper reverting from fullback to centre in the absence of the injured Horne.

    Barnes and Moore have been named on the bench alongside Western Force winger Cameron Shepherd, who makes his return to the Test arena after last having appeared against France at Brisbane in 2008.

    Shepherd has played nine previous Tests for Australia.

    Ashley-Cooper, who will on Saturday be appearing in his 43rd Test, has featured at centre on four occasions for the Qantas Wallabies in recent seasons. This includes three times during last year’s Bundaberg Red Tri Nations series.

    His most recent outing in the position for Australia was during last year’s Test against the All Blacks in Wellington.

    The Faingaa twins, who last weekend became the 40th set of brothers, and the third twins to appear in Test matches for Australia after appearing off the bench, will now start alongside each other at Test level for the first time.

    The Qantas Wallabies team to play New Zealand in the Bundaberg Red Tri Nations Series and Bledisloe Cup Test at AMI Stadium, Christchurch on Saturday 7 August, 7.35pm kick off (5.35pm, AEST), is:

    1. Benn Robinson (NSW Waratahs)
    2. Saia Faingaa (Queensland Reds)
    3. Salesi Ma’afu (Brumbies)
    4. Dean Mumm (NSW Waratahs)
    5. Nathan Sharpe (Western Force)
    6. Rocky Elsom (Brumbies, captain)
    7. David Pocock (Western Force)
    8. Richard Brown (Western Force)


    9. Will Genia (Queensland Reds)
    10. Matt Giteau (Brumbies)
    11. Drew Mitchell (NSW Waratahs)
    12. Anthony Faingaa (Queensland Reds)
    13. Adam Ashley-Cooper (Brumbies)
    14. James O’Connor (Western Force)
    15. Kurtley Beale (NSW Waratahs)

    16. Stephen Moore (Brumbies)
    17. James Slipper (Queensland Reds)
    18. Rob Simmons (Queensland Reds)
    19. Matt Hodgson (Western Force)
    20. Luke Burgess (NSW Waratahs)
    21. Berrick Barnes (NSW Waratahs)
    22. Cameron Shepherd (Western Force)



    Australia v New Zealand @ Christchurch – Historical Notes
    • Australia won on its maiden appearance at the then Lancaster Park in 1913, inflicting a 16-5 defeat on New Zealand in what was the first ever Test match at the venue.
    • Saturday night represents the 16th game between the two teams in Christchurch, with New Zealand having won nine times, while Australia has claimed six wins, most recently 27-23, 12 years ago.
    • Australia’s 27-23 win over New Zealand in 1998 is the last instance of the All Blacks being beaten in a Christchurch Test. New Zealand has won 10 straight in the city since that match, with Australia twice falling during the unbeaten run.
    • Australia won five of the first six trans-Tasman Tests played in Christchurch (in 1913, 1921, 1928, 1952 and 1958), but has prevailed just once in the time since.
    • Current Qantas Wallabies coach Robbie Deans was the coaching coordinator of the All Blacks when New Zealand beat Australia 12-6 at Christchurch in 2002.
    • Saturday night will see Nathan Sharpe play his 85th Test match, setting a new record for the most games by an Australian second-rower, edging ahead of the 84 games as a lock played by ex-skipper John Eales.
    • This is the 162nd match of a trans-Tasman rivalry between teams representing Australia and New Zealand that dates back to 1903 when New Zealand won the inaugural meeting 22-3 in Sydney. These figures include 39 matches played between 1920 and 1928 when NSW represented Australia in matches that were granted official Test status by the Australian Rugby Union.
    • Of the 161 games played between the two nations, New Zealand has won 111 and Australia 45, with five draws – the most recent of which occurred 20 years ago, 19-19 at Brisbane in 1988.
    • The Bledisloe Cup was donated by the then Governor General of New Zealand, Lord Bledisloe, for competition between the two countries in 1931.
    • Australia won the trophy for the first time in 1934, beating New Zealand 25-11 in Sydney.
    • The last example of an Australian win on New Zealand soil was in 2001, when the Wallabies scored 23-15 in Dunedin. The All Blacks have won the 10 games that have been played between the two teams in New Zealand since that match.

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    Force = 6 (4 + 2)
    Tahs = 6 (4 + 2)
    Reds = 5 (3 + 2)
    Brumbies = 5 (4 + 1)

    Pretty even across the country.

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    not too bad but i wouldve put OConnor in at 15 and Sheps at 14 rather than Beale..
    lets see how it goes hey..

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    Quote Originally Posted by zimeric View Post
    not too bad but i wouldve put OConnor in at 15 and Sheps at 14 rather than Beale..
    lets see how it goes hey..
    Cam catching the flu this week may have forced the change from your version Zim.


    Gee two hard straight running centres! One of which is an awesome defender

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    I do wonder if Mumm and Beale don't have incriminating photos of someone.

    But frankly, with the exception of the previously argued re-arrangement of the back-row and the curious absence of Fairbrother (and Pek), that's about the best the Wallabies can put out at the moment.

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    Shep needs to play a full game of rugby before he can be picked to start, off the bench is the smart option
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    Bit hard to play a full match when you are on the bench.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgs View Post
    Bit hard to play a full match when you are on the bench.
    Boom-boom.

    As stated previously, two hard straight runners / dependable defenders in the centres.

    Another plus is that they are much closer to matching the size of the NZ pairing, where Horne and Barnes were outweighed by 30kg. Beale and Shepherd bring more size to the equation. Beale had a good S14 at fullback so hopefully he'll translate that into test match form.

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    I hope someone has belted the idea of chip kicking out of beales head.
    Its one thing when its on, its another when youre doing it all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgs View Post
    Bit hard to play a full match when you are on the bench.
    i was reffering to the levels below, he has played 13 S14 matches in 2 years? He has performed well when he has come on, but really he needs to string a few more games together of rugby to prove his fitness, his in doubt again this weekend because of a stomach bug. If it were against a lesser team, then yeah he could start, not in a bloody bledisloe though.

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    Sheps only missed one game after his mid season return for the Force... how many Super14 games is enough?

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    Northern Suburbs Bears:

    03/07/10 v West Harbour
    #15. C. Shepherd 2 Tries

    10/07/10 v Eastwood
    #15. C. Shepherd

    17/07/10 v Gordon
    #15. C. Shepherd 2 Tries

    24/07/10 v Manly
    #15. C. Shepherd 1 Try

    31/07/10 v Sydney University
    #15. C. Shepherd

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    Yeah. Two games where he didn't score Tries. Poor form.

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    Quote Originally Posted by travelling_gerry View Post
    Yeah. Two games where he didn't score Tries. Poor form.

    rugbyWA are tearing up his contract as we speak

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    I still would like to see Cummins in at 14. He runs straight quick and aggressive Sheps back at 15.... next few weeks u will see this.... esp in SA when they start kicking the ball into the air. Aganist SA Deans may change his side alot.... Hodgson in 4 sure and they will trty and run SA off their feet

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