This is a must win game for the Wallabies if they hope to win the Bledisloe Cup and have a chance of bouncing back in this years championship.
Coach Ewen Mckenzie has made minimal changes to his side that were defeated at home last weekend and hopes that continuity in selection will help his team bounce back.
Fardy replaces Hugh McMeniman who needs shoulder reconstruction after an injury in last weeks match and lock Kane Douglas comes onto the bench.
“You can’t fudge experience and I know this group learned a great deal from last week and will be much better for the experience last Saturday. We made a decision to reward players that were in-form and who we believed were capable of executing what we are trying to achieve as a group. That doesn’t change overnight or following one losing result. ,” McKenzie said.
“It’s always important to be conscious of finding a balance between selecting experience against youth but the only way to develop that experience is by providing opportunities to players and hoping they take them. Right now, I’m more concerned with how each individual responds to the defeat. We need to fix aspects of our performance but we will get better the more time we spend together. However, in saying that, you only get a finite number of chances at Test level so it’s important that you don’t let the moment pass. That’s been made very clear this week as has the expectation of the level of improvement we need from each player within the squad.” Added the Wallaby coach.
All Blacks vs Wallabies, Wellington, KO 19.35 NZT (08:35 BST, 09:35 CAT)
Australia: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Israel Folau, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 James O’Connor, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Will Genia, 8 Ben Mowen, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 James Horwill (captain), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 James Slipper.
Replacements: 16 Saia Faingaa, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Sekope Kepu, 19 Kane Douglas, 20 Liam Gill, 21 Nic White, 22 Quade Cooper, 23 Tevita Kuridrani.