WELLINGTON – Australia coach Michael Cheika has kept faith with the team that produced a record victory over the All Blacks last weekend and made only one injury-enforced change for Saturday's second Bledisloe Cup test at Eden Park.
The 47-26 victory over the All Blacks last Saturday in Perth gives the Wallabies a chance to hold aloft the symbol of trans-Tasman Sea supremacy for the first time since 2002.
Adam Coleman moves up from the bench to replace the injured Rory Arnold in the second row with Rob Simmons coming into the matchday 23 as lock cover.
Arnold suffered a hand injury in last week's and was replaced by Coleman in the 55th minute, although the Wallabies did not lose any of the aggression that laid the foundation for the victory.
“I think it was pretty straighforward this time, we wanted to give those guys another opportunity,” Cheika told reporters in Melbourne. “With Rory's exclusion, I thought Adam did a good job coming on to finish the game.”
In other changes to the bench, uncapped loose forward Liam Wright looks set for his test debut while 35-year-old outside back Adam Ashley-Cooper gets a chance to press for a trip to a fourth World Cup. Luke Jones and Tom Banks missed out.
“Liam Wright ... has been competing so hard at training, I just thought it was a good opportunity for him to get in the game,” Cheika added.
“Adam Ashley-Cooper hasn't had (an opportunity) yet and he's got good experience and has good communication. It's going to be noisy and the heat is going to be up and he's a cool cucumber out there. He's really hungry.”