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

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Bledisloe Cup 2014: Wallabies vs. All Blacks Fixtures, Dates, Times, Predictions
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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
Fixture Venue Date Time Prediction
Australia vs. New Zealand ANZ Stadium, Sydney August 16 11:05 a.m. BST/6:05 a.m. ET New Zealand by 5
New Zealand vs. Australi Eden Park, Auckland August 23 8:35 a.m. BST/3:35 a.m. ET New Zealand by 10
Australia vs. New Zealand Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane October 19 10 a.m. BST/5 a.m. ET Australia by 5

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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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