Ben Smith Wallabies’ win prompts All Blacks to make drastic changes for second Bledisloe clash

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August 15, 2019 09:40:43

The Wallabies’ record win over the All Blacks in the opening Bledisloe Test has apparently spooked coach Steve Hansen, who has been forced to drop two of his most experienced players ahead of the decider at Eden Park on Saturday.

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  • New Zealand dropped Test veterans Owen Franks and Ben Smith, as well as winger Rieko Ioane
  • The Wallabies won 47-26 in the first of two Bledisloe Tests, with game two at Eden Park on Saturday
  • Australia has not beaten the All Blacks at the ground since 1986

Hansen axed prop Owen Franks, a veteran of 108 Tests and two World Cup victories, and 79-Test winger Ben Smith as New Zealand tries to keep the Wallabies’ paws off the Bledisloe Cup.

New Zealand has held the trophy for 17 years but its grip was shaken by Australia’s 47-26 win last weekend in the opening clash of the two-Test series, in Perth.

For the second game, the All Blacks have the benefit of returning to their Auckland fortress, where they have won 18 stra

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