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New Zealand v Australia Rugby Championship test
August 24, 2017 / 5:28 AM / 3 months ago

New Zealand v Australia Rugby Championship test

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Factbox on Rugby Championship test between New Zealand and Australia in Dunedin on Saturday:

When: Aug. 26, 7.35 pm local (0735 GMT)

Where: Otago Regional Stadium, Dunedin (Capacity: 30,748)

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

Assistant referees: Wayne Barnes (England), Andrew Brace (Ireland); TMO: Rowan Kitt (England)

NEW ZEALAND

World ranking: 1

Coach: Steve Hansen

Captain: Kieran Read

Team: 15-Damian McKenzie, 14-Ben Smith, 13-Ryan Crotty, 12-Sonny Bill Williams, 11-Rieko Ioane, 10-Beauden Barrett, 9-Aaron Smith, 8-Kieran Read (captain), 7-Sam Cane, 6-Liam Squire, 5-Sam Whitelock, 4-Brodie Retallick, 3-Nepo Laulala, 2-Dane Coles, 1-Joe Moody.

Replacements: 16-Codie Taylor, 17-Kane Hames, 18-Ofa Tu‘ungafasi, 19-Scott Barrett, 20-Ardie Savea, 21-TJ Perenara, 22-Lima Sopoaga, 23-Anton Lienert-Brown.

AUSTRALIA

World ranking: 5

Coach: Michael Chieka

Captain: Michael Hooper

Team: 15-Israel Folau, 14-Dane Haylett-Petty, 13-Tevita Kuridrani, 12-Kurtley Beale, 11-Henry Speight, 10-Bernard Foley, 9-Will Genia, 8-Sean McMahon, 7-Michael Hooper (captain), 6-Ned Hanigan, 5-Rory Arnold, 4-Rob Simmons, 3-Allan Alaalatoa,2-Stephen Moore, 1-Scott Sio.

Replacements: 16-Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17-Tom Robertson,18-Sekope Kepu, 19-Izack Rodda, 20-Lopeti Timani, 21-Nick Phipps, 22-Reece Hodge, 23-Curtis Rona.

OVERALL RECORD

Played: 159

New Zealand wins: 110

Australia wins: 42

Draws: 7

LAST FIVE MEETINGS

2017 New Zealand 54-34 Australia Sydney

2016 New Zealand 37-10 Australia Auckland

2016 New Zealand 29-9 Australia Wellington

2016 New Zealand 42-8 Australia Sydney

2015 New Zealand 34-17 Australia London *

* World Cup match

(The story reissues item moved on Aug 24 after change to Australia team.)

Compiled by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by John O'Brien

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