Australia are under pressure to salvage pride in the final Bledisloe Cup match of the series on Saturday after suffering a harrowing defeat to New Zealand last weekend.

The All Blacks retained the famous trophy in emphatic fashion at ANZ Stadium, taking a 2-0 lead with one match to play by dishing out a 43-5 rout at ANZ Stadium.

Not since 2002 have Australia won the Bledisloe Cup, and they reached a new low when the All Blacks won by a record margin in Sydney.

Victory for New Zealand also gave them a dream start to the Tri Nations series, and Wallabies head coach Dave Rennie has reacted by ringing the changes, springing a surprise by picking Reece Hodge at fly-half.

We use Opta data to preview Bledisloe IV at Suncorp Stadium.

 

Australia v New Zealand

- New Zealand have restricted the Wallabies to single figures in their last two matches. The last time they held them to fewer than 10 points in more consecutive Tests was an 11-game stretch from 1957 to 1964.

- Australia have lost only one of their last four Tests against New Zealand at Suncorp Stadium (W2, D1), and secured a 23-18 win over the All Blacks in their last meeting there in October 2017.

- The Wallabies are winless in their last four Tests (D1, L3). The last time they went more than four games without a victory was a six-game streak from October 2015 to August 2016, which included three losses to New Zealand.

- Australia have won their last six Tests on the bounce at Suncorp Stadium and have not lost at the Brisbane venue since June 2016, when England triumphed 39-28.

- New Zealand are on the cusp of multiple Test wins in Australia in a single calendar year for the first time since 2010.

- James Slipper is set to play his 100th Test, becoming just the 13th player to reach a century of appearances for Australia. His 51 caps from the bench are the joint-most of any player in Wallabies history alongside Tatafu Polota-Nau.

- Australia captain Michael Hooper has scored five Test tries at Suncorp Stadium, more than any other forward. Of all players, only Israel Folau (7) and Stephen Larkham (7) have scored more at the venue.

- Sam Whitelock is set to make his 100th Test start for New Zealand, becoming just the fifth player to start in a century of Tests for the All Blacks. It will be his 120th Test appearance.

James Lowe is set to make his Ireland debut in the Autumn Nations Cup after being included in Andy Farrell's 34-man squad.

New Zealand-born Lowe is eligible for Ireland having played for Leinster since 2017 and is one of three uncapped players in the group.

The 28-year-old versatile back has scored more Pro14 tries than any other player since his Leinster debut three years ago. He also ranks in the top three for clean breaks (52) and offloads (53).

Munster centre Shane Daly was brought in due to Garry Ringrose's broken jaw sustained against Italy in the Six Nations, while former England youth international Billy Burns replaced Jack Carty.

Keith Earles has returned from a back problem and Iain Henderson is included after serving a suspension, though Jack Conan has gone back to Leinster to recover from injury.

Ireland will face Wales at home next Friday before matches against England and Georgia. Their final game of the inaugural Autumn Nations Cup will be on December 5 against either Fiji, France, Italy or Scotland.

Farrell's team will be hoping to bounce back from a disappointing loss to France last weekend that handed England the Six Nations title.

 

Ireland squad:

Forwards: Finlay Bealham, Tadhg Beirne, Ed Byrne, Will Connors, Ultan Dillane, Caelan Doris, Cian Healy, Dave Heffernan, Iain Henderson, Rob Herring, Ronan Kelleher, Peter O'Mahony, Andrew Porter, Quinn Roux, John Ryan, James Ryan, CJ Stander, Josh van der Flier.

Backs: Bundee Aki, Billy Burns, Ross Byrne, Andrew Conway, Shane Daly, Keith Earls, Chris Farrell, Jamison Gibson-Park, Robbie Henshaw, Hugo Keenan, James Lowe, Kieran Marmion, Stuart McCloskey, Conor Murray, Johnny Sexton, Jacob Stockdale.

Scotland fly-halves Finn Russell and Adam Hastings have been ruled out of the Autumn Nations Cup.

Russell limped out of the Six Nations win over Wales last weekend with a groin injury and will not be available for the games against Italy, France and Fiji this month.

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend is optimistic the Racing 92 playmaker will be available for the 2021 Six Nations.

Hastings is expected to miss the tournament next year after doing damage to his shoulder following his introduction as a replacement for Russell at Parc y Scarlets

Townsend told BBC Scotland: "Finn we hope will be back in time for the Six Nations, but it's unlikely Adam will be back before the end of that tournament.

"At the very best he'll come back at the end, but that will depend on how things go."

Scotland face champions England in their first game of the Six Nations at Twickenham on February 6.

Owen Farrell feels England are "just getting started" after they were crowned Six Nations champions on Saturday.

Ben Youngs marked his 100th cap with a double as the Red Rose secured a 34-5 bonus-point victory over Italy in Rome to give themselves a great chance of winning the title.

Ireland would have been guaranteed the trophy if they had beaten France by a margin of at least seven points in the final match of the tournament, but Les Bleus gave another demonstration of their huge potential in a 35-27 victory in Paris.

England finished level on points with France, but Eddie Jones' side won the competition for the first time in three years on points difference.

Farrell says there is more to come from England after they were able to celebrate almost a year to the day since they were beaten by South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final.

Asked if England have more to give, captain Farrell said on BBC One: "Massively, it feels like we're just getting started. There were four new caps today, someone who got their 100th cap in Ben Youngs and Jamie George who got his 50th.

"It feels like we've got a brilliant blend of experience and youth to drive us forward and being involved in training in the last few weeks has shown that to us and we're looking forward to what's in front of us as well."

Farrell paid tribute to wily head coach Jones after he masterminded the third Six Nations triumph of his reign.

He said of Jones: "He's been brilliant. the best thing I can say is we all love being here and being in camp and we all love working hard to improve and hopefully you see that when we get out on the field."

The England skipper also hailed Youngs on a special day for the scrum-half.

"I'm chuffed for him. It's a huge achievement reaching 100 caps, only the second person to do it for England, it's massive," said Farrell.

"To have such a good game, like he did, and to top it off with the trophy is brilliant."

Johnny Sexton conceded Ireland's display was not up to scratch after they went down 35-27 to France in Paris in their final Six Nations match.

Andy Farrell's side went into Saturday's clash at the Stade de France knowing a victory by at least seven points would secure their fifth Six Nations title.

However, Antoine Dupont and Romain Ntamack ran the show for France as they ended Ireland's hopes and England – who had seen off Italy in Rome – were crowned champions.

Sexton kicked 10 points, with Cian Healy, on his 100th cap, Robbie Henshaw and Jacob Stockdale getting Ireland's tries.

However, the 35-year-old insisted Ireland's display was not at the required level.

"I felt that they took their opportunities really well, sometimes off nothing, off our mistakes," Sexton said.

"We weren't there, we weren't good enough. We had good chances to score, a few chances five metres out.

"We went for a try [at the end of first half], a brave decision to go and get another try before half-time. We were very close but we weren't quite good enough. It's going to be tough to look at over the next week or so.

"We saw the other results, we knew we needed to win by more than six, or with a bonus point. We tried to make some brave calls, get some tries, because we knew there was some space there to be exploited but we weren't good enough to take it."

Ireland are next in action in the inaugural Autumn Nations Cup, starting their campaign against Wales on November 13.

"We're looking forward to a new competition, today's going to hurt," Sexton continued.

"We've got some important players to come back for us and some new players as well, so we're looking forward to getting them back and trying to bounce back from this disappointment."

Despite brilliant displays from half-backs Dupont and Ntamack, the Player of the Match award went to France number eight Gregory Alldritt, who attempted 24 tackles – all of which were successful.

"It was a tough game, they were coming to win the Six Nations. We focused only on winning this game, it was tough to win. We won, we're happy," said Aldritt, who had special praise for his opposite number CJ Stander.

"CJ Stander is a fantastic player. I was looking at him on TV four years ago with stars in my eyes. Great to play against him, what an incredible player."

 

England were crowned Six Nations champions as Ireland slipped to a 35-27 defeat to France at the Stade de France.

With Eddie Jones' side having beaten Italy 34-5 in Rome earlier on Saturday, Ireland went into the finale knowing they needed to at least win by seven points – or take a bonus-point victory – to claim their fifth Six Nations title.

After a combative first-half display Andy Farrell's side could not match their hosts following the interval, with a try and three penalties from the brilliant Romain Ntamack putting France in control by the 51st minute.

Ntamack's fellow half-back Antoine Dupont also put in a stellar display, opening the scoring six minutes in before turning provider for Ntamack's try.

Cian Healy had hit back for Ireland, though a penalty try conceded by Caelan Doris gave France a lead they did not relinquish, and by failing to win by 31 points they handed England the title.

France struck first as Gael Fickou raced clear down the wing before finding Dupont, who easily got the better of Jacob Stockdale to slide in close to the sticks – Ntamack adding the extras.

A frantic opening 10 minutes concluded with a lengthy TMO check, which resulted in Anthony Bouthier receiving a yellow card for deliberately knocking the ball out of play.

Ireland made their numerical advantage count with a minute of Bouthier's time in the bin remaining, Healy forcing his way over to mark his 100th cap in style.

Sexton converted and then added a penalty to put Ireland ahead, but momentum swung France's way when Doris dragged back Francois Cros close to the line.

Another Sexton three-pointer dragged Ireland to within a point before Ntamack's penalty gave Les Bleus a 17-13 half-time lead.

Ntamack added five points to his tally three minutes after the restart, touching down after Dupont had superbly kept a France attack alive.

France's fly-half missed the conversion but made no mistake with two penalties in the space of four minutes to nose Les Bleus 15 points clear.

Robbie Henshaw raced down Ireland's left to lunge over in the corner with 21 minutes remaining and provide hope for a comeback.

But Ntamack wriggled through a gap and set up Virimi Vakatawa to seal France's second-place finish, with Stockdale snatching a late consolation for the visitors.

England have won the Six Nations following France's 35-27 victory over Ireland in the final game of the tournament in Paris on Saturday.

Ben Youngs says it is an exciting time to play for England after starring on his 100th appearance in Saturday's Six Nations win over Italy.

The scrum-half scored two tries to help Eddie Jones' men to a 34-5 victory in Rome that kept alive their hopes of winning the championship prior to France's showdown with Ireland.

Youngs opened the scoring and was instrumental in a strong second-half display by the Red Rose, who held an uncomfortable 10-5 half-time lead after losing debutant Jonny Hill to a yellow card for a high tackle.

While their display in the first 40 minutes looked rusty, England were much improved after half-time as Youngs, Jamie George, Tom Curry and Henry Slade all scored to secure a bonus-point triumph.

It was a 21st Six Nations win over Italy in a row for England, with Youngs now on four career tries against the Azzurri, twice as many as he has against any other nation.

The Leicester Tigers man is already looking to the future, though, after becoming just the second man after Jason Leonard (114) to reach a century of England caps.

"I didn't want to build up to it too much during the week," he told ITV. "I wanted to focus on the process of playing – that was the most important thing for us, coming here and doing a job.

"I'll certainly reflect on it now with the boys and trying to absorb what the achievement is.

"I'm obviously very proud but the most important thing for me was to play my part in this team.

"We've got to keep going. It's a nice milestone but I've got the desire to kick on with these boys and all these young caps coming in, it's an exciting time to be part of it."

Looking back at England's difficult first half, he said: "We started the game well, at the start... I thought we went at them. But there was a large chunk of the first half when we couldn't get our hands on the ball, and we couldn't get our game on the field, but that's what international rugby is like sometimes.

"We went in at half-time and we got the job done in the end.

"We spoke about it being a grinding-down process. We were camped on our own line; maybe that yellow card shook us up a little bit. We got there in the end."

Ben Youngs celebrated his 100th cap with a double as England gave themselves a great chance of winning the Six Nations by securing a bonus-point 34-5 victory over Italy.

The Red Rose only held a 10-5 half-time lead at Stadio Olimpico, but stepped it up after the break to move four points clear of Ireland at the top of the table.

Eddie Jones' side can now only watch on and hope that second-placed Ireland and France, who also have a chance of being crowned champions, fail to get the result they need to lift the trophy in the final match of the tournament later on Saturday in Paris.

Youngs opened the scoring with an early try and Owen Farrell added a penalty, but rusty England - playing their first game since the tournament was suspended in March due to the coronavirus - were pegged back by a Jake Polledri five-pointer.

Scrum-half Youngs added a classy second two minutes into the second half before Jamie George marked his 50th cap with a third try and Tom Curry secured the bonus point 14 minutes from time

Henry Slade scored England's fifth try and Farrell booted nine points as England boosted their points difference and consigned ttaly to a 27th consecutive Six Nations loss

Youngs got England off to a great start when he cruised under the posts four minutes in after taking a pass from Farrell, who added the extras and slotted over a penalty soon after.

Italy hit back, though, with Polledri bursting from midfield and finishing superbly in the corner after showing a sharp turn of foot midway through the first half.

The fired-up Azzurri applied the pressure after Red Rose debutant Jonny Hill was sin-binned for a high tackle, but were unable to capitalise on their numerical advantage and England were frustrated when they were penalised as they drove towards the line following a yellow card for Polledri.

England failed to fire in the first half, but Youngs caught Italy out again with a moment of magic just after the interval, throwing a clever dummy at the breakdown and shrugging off a tackle before dotting down for a double.

George applied the finish when Italy were unable to stop a driving maul following a lineout and Curry showed great awareness to dart down the left touchline and touch down for the bonus point.

Ben Earl set up Slade for a simple score after getting on the end of Farrell's grubber kick as Italy ran out of steam and England piled the pressure on Ireland and France.

Scotland spoiled Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones' world record 149th Test appearance by ending their Six Nations campaign with a 14-10 victory on Saturday.

The inspirational Jones surpassed Richie McCaw's tally at Parc y Scarlets, but he was unable to mark the occasion with a win.

Rhys Carre scored the game's opening try for Wales when he wriggled through between the posts in the first half, with Scotland just a point behind at the break following penalties from Finn Russell and Adam Hastings.

Yet poor discipline in the scrum cost the 2019 Grand Slam winners, aa Stuart McInally pounced to score Scotland's only try and Stuart Hogg landed another penalty from the last kick of the game to seal Scotland's first Six Nations win in Wales since 2002.

Leigh Halfpenny's penalty with 15 minutes to go had set up a tense finale, but Wales finished second bottom of the table after a fourth loss in five Six Nations matches.

Scotland hit the front inside 10 minutes, as Russell converted after Ryan Elias was penalised for offside.

Chris Harris should have taken in Hogg's pass in the 20th minute, but a fumble from Scotland's number 13 allowed Dan Biggar to intervene.

Scotland were made to pay just after the half-hour. With the wind causing havoc at lineouts, Elias nipped in to steal possession, and Carre bundled his way over under the sticks – Biggar adding the extras.

An injury to Russell compounded Scotland's frustration, though a penalty from his replacement Hastings reduced the deficit to one point at the break.

A collapsing Wales scrum gave Scotland a golden opportunity with 20 minutes remaining and Gregor Townsend's side swiftly capitalised – McInally grounding on the back of a driving maul.

Hastings' failed conversion handed Wales a reprieve, with Halfpenny kicking them to within a point, but Hogg put the icing on the cake right at the end as Scotland won a third successive Six Nations match for the first time since 1996

Work to do for Pivac

Wales have now lost their last five matches, including three at the start of the Six Nations earlier in the year, and their defeat to France last time out.

The 2019 World Cup semi-finalists put in a disappointing defence of their title and having replaced Warren Gatland, Wayne Pivac will be searching for some much-improved displays from his side in the upcoming Autumn Nations Cup.

Russell's comeback ends early

Fly-half Russell missed the Six Nations games in February and March due to a breach of team protocol, but was recalled to Scotland's squad for this match and the Autumn Nations Cup.

However, his comeback lasted just 32 minutes, with Russell sustaining in an injury while trying to prevent Carre's try, and Scotland will be hoping he is fit to return in two weeks' time.

What's next?

Scotland are set to face Italy in the Autumn Nations Cup on November 14, a day after Wales go up against Ireland.

Sam Cane is excited by what the future could hold for New Zealand after they dished out a record-breaking hammering of Australia to retain their firm grip on the Bledisloe Cup.

The All Blacks hammered their trans-Tasman rivals by the biggest ever margin at ANZ Stadium on Sunday, starting the Tri Nations series with an emphatic six-try drubbing.

Richie Mo'unga scored a first-half double and finished with 23 points in a victory for Ian Foster's side that gave them a 2-0 lead over the Wallabies with one Bledisloe Cup match to play,

New Zealand have not lost a Bledisloe Cup series since 2002 and captain Cane believes there is more to come from his side after a brutal demolition of Australia.

The flanker said: "It's a pretty happy changing room in there at the moment … just filled her [the trophy] up. The trophy is really important to us, and we care a lot about it.

"I'm just so proud of the work we’ve put in over the last five-six weeks building up to this moment. It feels like we’ve improved every single week and I'm really excited about where this group can go.

"They're a tough side. There will be areas they'll be happy with and there will be areas they're not. One thing I've always admired about the Aussies is the way they pick themselves up. They'll turn up again next week with a similar confidence and attitude.

"But we'll enjoy tonight, and all the hard work that’s gone into getting us here, then decompress tomorrow, and we go again for next week. I’m pretty excited about where this team can go because I think we’ve improved steadily every week."

Head coach Foster echoed his skipper's sentiments.

He said: "It was the patience we showed tactically. Sometimes when you get out early you can loosen up a lot but I thought in that second quarter we stuck to what was working.

"We saw space and we took it. There was some nice instinctiveness about it, too. We're building something here."

New Zealand recorded their biggest winning margin over Australia as a 43-5 thrashing secured another Bledisloe Cup series triumph and a fine start to the Tri Nations.

The All Blacks suffered a chastening 47-26 loss in their previous match on Australian soil last August, but ensured there was no repeat in Sydney as they followed up their 27-7 Eden Park victory earlier this month in style.

Karl Tu'inukuafe, Richie Mo'unga (2) and Dane Coles touched down in the first half at ANZ Stadium, where a socially distanced crowd witnessed a masterclass from Ian Foster's side.

Debutant Noah Lolesio hit back in a much-improved second-half showing from Australia, but New Zealand rarely looked anything other than comfortable and added gloss through Rieko Ioane and Jordie Barrett, with Mo'unga's conversion earning his country a slice of history.

With the Bledisloe Cup now beyond their grasp, Dave Rennie's men will look to bounce back against the same opponents in Brisbane next week to kickstart their Tri Nations campaign.

The Wallabies endured an early setback, Filipo Daugunu seeing yellow for a dangerous tackle on the airborne Caleb Clarke.

Foster's charges initially capitalised as Tu'inukuafe crashed over for his first international try, but Jordie Barrett soon followed fellow number 14 Daugunu into the sin bin for leading with his forearm on Dane Haylett-Petty.

The visitors had two tries ruled out by the TMO, one for grounding and the other for being in touch, before Mo'unga's brace of fine solo scores eased their frustrations.

Coles, earlier denied by the TMO, drove over from a lineout to effectively put the game to bed before the break.

Australia got off the mark a minute after the interval as Lolesio seized on a sharp pass inside to dart over the line, though the All Blacks soon reasserted their authority to seal a record win over their rivals.

Mo'unga kicked a penalty and added the extras to tries from Ioane and Barrett, the second of those conversions ensuring New Zealand's 43-6 win over Australia in 1996 was eclipsed.

Alun Wyn Jones will become the most capped player in Test history on Saturday and the legendary Wales captain's record against Scotland suggests he will be celebrating with a win.

Jones will break new ground at Parc y Scarlets when he wins a 149th international cap, surpassing New Zealand great Richie McCaw's tally.

The talismanic lock's appearance on the final day of the Six Nations will be his 140th for Wales and he has played nine times for the British and Irish Lions in a stellar career.

A fierce competitor and inspirational leader, the 35-year-old made his Wales debut against Argentina in June and has gone on to become one of the all-time greats.

With the use of Opta data, we reflect on Jones' Test career so far as he prepares to break the world record on home soil.

 

TAKING ON ALL COMERS

The towering back-row has faced 18 different countries over the years and beaten them all at least once.

He has more Test wins over Scotland than any other country, which bodes well for this weekend, with 10 triumphs in 12 contests.

England are the opponents Jones has faced the most, starting all 21 times against the Red Rose – losing 12 and winning nine.

He does not have fond memories of New Zealand, beating the All Blacks just once in 15 Tests.

 

LIONS LINCHPIN 

His Lions selections over the last 11 years are all the evidence you need of Jones' incredible durability and consistency.

He has played all nine Lions Tests since 2009, starting seven and coming off the bench twice. No other player has featured in more than six in that time.

Jones stepped in to captain the side in the series-clinching victory over Australia in 2013 and started all three Tests in the drawn series with New Zealand three years ago.

He will be hoping to get the nod for a fourth tour under Warren Gatland next year, when the Lions are due to face South Africa 12 years after Jones was selected for the representational side to travel to the same country.

 

CAPTAIN FANTASTIC

Sam Warburton is the only player to have captained Wales more often than Jones.

Ospreys great Jones has been skipper on 37 occasions, with Warburton leading his country 49 times before retiring two years ago.

Ryan Jones (33) is third on the list, with Ieuan Evans (28) and Colin Charvis (22) making up the top five.

 

A KEY TO GATLAND'S SUCCESS

Gatland was a great success in his 12-year reign as Wales head coach and Jones played a big hand in that.

He made 116 appearances during the New Zealander's long tenure, winning 62 of those matches.

Wales won four Six Nations titles and three Grand Slams with Gatland at the helm and Jones was the only player to make 100 or more appearances during his time in charge.

The battle for the Six Nations title is finally set to come to a thrilling climax on Saturday.

Ireland have their fate in their own hands after they hammered Italy last weekend in the only round four match that could not take place before the tournament was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic in March.

If Andy Farrell's side secure a bonus-point win over France in the final match of the competition in Paris they will get their hands on the trophy, but Les Bleus are also in contention.

England are the favourites to be crowned champions, as they trail leaders Ireland by only a point and will be expected to seal a bonus-point victory over Italy in Rome.

Scotland and Wales, who sit fourth and fifth respectively, end their campaigns with a clash at Parc y Scarlets.

Ahead of what promises to be a tense finale to the tournament, we use Opta data to preview the three matches.

 

Wales v Scotland

- Wales have won 14 of their last 16 Six Nations games against Scotland (L2), including their last eight in a row on home soil, with Scotland's only victory in Wales in the championship coming in 2002.

- Scotland come into the match having won back-to-back games in the Six Nations. They have not won three in a row in the Five/Six Nations since 1996 - when they beat Ireland, France and Wales in succession.

- Wales have lost their last three Six Nations games, their worst run in the championship since a five-game losing streak spanning the 2006 and 2007 editions.

- Scotland's Stuart Hogg has carried the ball for 377 metres in this Six Nations, more than any other player. No player has made more metres over the gain line than Hogg - with Jacob Stockdale also making 305m.

Italy v England

- England have won all of their 26 matches against Italy, 20 of those coming in the Six Nations. The Red Rose are the only side the Italians have failed to beat since joining the championship in 2000.

- Italy have lost 26 consecutive games in the Six Nations since beating Scotland in 2015, the longest losing run by any side in history of the tournament. Only twice during that run have they been beaten by a single-figure margin (v France 2016, v Scotland 2018).

- England have scored four or more tries in each of their last six Six Nations matches against Italy, with an average winning margin of 33 points across those six victories.

- After defeat to Ireland last weekend, Italy are assured of a 15th wooden spoon and a fifth in a row.

France v Ireland

- France have won just one of their last eight games against Ireland in the Six Nations (D2, L5). They had won seven of their previous eight clashes in the championship before that run (L1).

- The last four Six Nations meetings between France and Ireland in Paris have seen the sides separated by fewer than three points (France W1, Ireland W2, D1).

- France have won their last three home games in the Six Nations, their best run since 2013-14 (W3). The last time they enjoyed a longer winning streak on home soil in the competition was a nine-game run stretching from 2008 to 2012.

- Les Bleus are yet to lose a scrum in the 2020 Six Nations, winning all 14 on their own feed, the only side with a 100 per cent success rate at that set-piece.

New Zealand will look to wrap up another Bledisloe Cup series triumph and make a strong start to the Tri Nations when they face fierce rivals Australia in Sydney on Saturday.

The All Blacks cruised to a 27-7 victory over the Wallabies at Eden Park to take a 1-0 lead after the first match ended in a 16-16 draw.

New Zealand have dominated the rivalry in recent times, and you have to go back to 2002 for the last time their trans-Tasman rivals lifted the famous trophy.

While Australia are unable to end that wait this weekend, they could draw first blood in the opening Tri Nations Test and set up a Bledisloe Cup decider next week in Brisbane.

South Africa's withdrawal from the Rugby Championship leaves just Australia, New Zealand and Argentina to battle it out in a rebranded Tri Nations.

With the Pumas having to wait until November 14 for their opening contest with the All Blacks, we use Opta facts to preview another almighty battle at ANZ Stadium.

Australia v New Zealand

- New Zealand have lost only one of their last seven Tests against Australia (W5, D1); however, that single defeat did come in their last meeting on Australian soil, going down 47-26 in Perth last August.

- The All Blacks have won seven of the most recent nine Tests between the two sides at ANZ Stadium, including their last three. They have averaged 44.67 points per game in that three-match run.

- Australia have won four of their last five Tests at home, losing one. They have been victorious in the last three and the last time they enjoyed a longer winning run on home soil was a four-match span from September 2013 to June 2014.

- New Zealand have scored 70 tries at ANZ Stadium, their second-most at any Test ground outside New Zealand. They need two more to surpass their tally of 71 at the SCG.

- Marika Koroibete has scored 13 tries since making his Test debut in September 2017, the most of any Australia player in that time; New Zealand's Rieko Ioane (18) and South Africa's Makazole Mapimpi (14) are the only southern hemisphere tier one players with more in that period.

- Beauden Barrett needs one more try for the outright record of most in Tests against Australia by any player. He is currently level on 11 with Richie McCaw and Ma'a Nonu and has blanked in his last two Tests against the Wallabies.

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