Australia retains unchanged squad to face New Zealand
19 August 2014, 07:56
Sydney - Kurtley Beale has kept his place as the starting flyhalf for the return Bledisloe Cup test against New Zealand, with Australia coach Ewen McKenzie retaining the 23-man squad which held the All Blacks to a 12-12 draw in the series-opening match last weekend.
McKenzie says despite some errors in the Sydney test, "We were impressed with the pressure we were able to apply (and) were pleased with the intent of the group to continue attacking despite the poor weather conditions."
The Australians are expecting dry conditions in Auckland on Saturday, and are increasingly confident of ending the All Blacks' 32-test winning streak at Eden Park. Australia, which hasn't won at Auckland since 1986, ended New Zealand's 17-test winning streak with the draw in Sydney.
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