The Wallabies say they’d like nothing more than to deny the All Blacks their record equalling winning streak in Saturday night’s third Bledisloe test.

Naming the team in Brisbane today, coach Robbie Deans acknowledged the magnitude of the challenge ahead.

Michael Kersnovke reports.


Coming off the back of one of the team’s most courageous wins, the Wallabies head into this weekend’s third Bledisloe Cup brimming with confidence.

And they’ll need all the confidence they can muster with the All Blacks chasing a record equalling 17th straight victory.

Training today on the hallowed Ballymore turf, the team seemed relaxed ahead of their impending challenge.

That’s despite star winger Digby Ioane being ruled out with a knee injury.

Ioane’s removal is one of four changes to the starting 15 that took on Argentina 11 days ago.

Despite the record against them, Australia’s hopes of reversing their Trans-Tasman fortunes has been given a much needed boost with the return of Adam Ashley-Cooper and Wycliff Palu to the side.

Tomorrow, the Wallabies will enjoy a day off training before the arrival of their opponents on Thursday.

Saturday’s clash will mark the 170th match in the Trans-tasmin rivalry, dating to 1903.

Michael Kersnovske, QUT News.