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Bledisloe Cup 2014: Wallabies vs. All Blacks Fixtures, Dates, Times, Predictions

ORANGE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 05:  The Bledisloe Cup trophy is seen on display during an Australian Wallabies training session at Kinross Wolaroi School on August 5, 2014 in Orange, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)
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Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistAugust 15, 2014

Ewen McKenzie's Australia will seek to redeem themselves in this year's Bledisloe Cup meetings against New Zealand after losing to the All Blacks three times in 2013.

The Southern Hemisphere giants will clash on Saturday in the opening round of the 2014 Rugby Championship, with Steve Hansen's men hoping to retain the title they so confidently won 11 months ago.

The Wallabies haven't won a Bledisloe Cup fixture since 2011 and New Zealand haven't lost a Bledisloe Cup in more than a decade.

However, with another trio of meetings scheduled over the next two months, McKenzie's outfit will have their chance at revenge, with all the viewing details and information detailed ahead.

2014 Bledisloe Cup Times and Dates
FixtureVenueDateTimePrediction
Australia vs. New ZealandANZ Stadium, SydneyAugust 1611:05 a.m. BST/6:05 a.m. ETNew Zealand by 5
New Zealand vs. AustraliEden Park, AucklandAugust 238:35 a.m. BST/3:35 a.m. ETNew Zealand by 10
Australia vs. New ZealandSuncorp Stadium, BrisbaneOctober 1910 a.m. BST/5 a.m. ETAustralia by 5
BBC Sport

 

August 16, ANZ Stadium

Saturday's Bledisloe Cup encounter marks the opening of the 2014 Rugby Championship and the beginning of three extremely promising clashes between these two rugby titans.

Having now coached the Wallabies for a year, McKenzie is in good shape to offer a more serious threat to the All Blacks side that so famously won all 14 of their matches in 2013, and his squad is coming together in kind.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 24:  Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie poses as the ARU announce the sale of this year's Bledisloe Cup match tickets at Dawes Point on June 24, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)
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With Quade Cooper out of the picture, an in-form Kurtley Beale is set to lead the side at fly-half, having just claimed a maiden Super Rugby title with the Waratahs, no less than 14 of whom make up his 32-man squad.

In another battle of Australia versus New Zealand, the Waratahs won their championship against the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium, and the home fans will be hoping their influence on events can result in the same outcome.

Prediction: New Zealand by 5

 

August 23, Eden Park

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 24: Richie McCaw of New Zealand looks on during The Rugby Championship Bledisloe Cup match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the Australian Wallabies at Westpac Stadium on August 24, 2013 in Wellington, New Zealand.
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Depending on the general health of the squads after Week One, one wouldn't presume that too many changes will be rung for the second round meeting at Eden Park.

The Telegraph last week announced that Dan Carter won't be available for duties at No. 10 thanks to a cracked calf bone, meaning Aaron Cruden should be the figure looking to use the potential weather adversities to his advantage in Auckland:

This will also be a big match for Ma'a Nonu after his 2014 return to the Blues, and the home advantage extends to the entire All Blacks team, which holds an astounding reputation as being something of an immovable object in front of their own fans.

Last year, Hansen's men took a 3-0 Bledisloe Cup triumph, the third victory coming in Dunedin and their 30th successive home win.

Next Saturday, they'll look to extend that record even further after sending England packing in the recent summer internationals, which was a more recent display of how fearsome they can be at home.

Prediction: New Zealand by 10

 

October 19, Suncorp Stadium

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 26: Henry Speight of the Brumbies scores a try during the Super Rugby Semi Final match between the Waratahs and the Brumbies at Allianz Stadium on July 26, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Joosep Martinson/Getty Images)
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McKenzie has a not-so-secret weapon to unleash in the third Test, providing Henry Speight can maintain fitness up until the Suncorp Stadium clash.

Fijian Speight will only become eligible for the Wallabies on September 11 and is expected to make a big impact after tearing up the 2014 Super Rugby scene during the Brumbies' run to the playoffs.

PENRITH, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 08:  Michael Hooper of the Wallabies stands infront of the Bledisloe Cup during an Australian Wallabies fan day event at The Mondo on August 8, 2014 in Penrith, Australia.  (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)
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Australia aren't likely to surmount the Bledisloe Cup losing streak they've succumbed to for 11 years now, but this is a team growing in confidence and synchronicity ahead of next year's Rugby World Cup.

As such, they have the ability to get a result against Hansen's outfit, injuries pending, but Brisbane won't bring them silverware, irrespective of the feat a win in October would be.

Prediction: Australia by 5

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