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The Rugby Championship: Sonny returns to dominate the Aussies

Australia (6.33 with Sportsbet.io)  will be looking for their first victory over the All Blacks (1.10 with Sportsbet.io) in two years when the sides meet in the Rugby World Championship opener in Sydney on Saturday morning.

The Wallabies have struggled to reach the highs of their 2015 World Cup campaign in recent times.

They’ve recorded eight wins in their last 19 matches, losing four times to their opponents along the way.

Their recent form is more worrying. Michael Cheika’s side head into tomorrow’s game having lost three of the last five, and taming the All Blacks may prove a daunting, and unlikely, task.

 

The Rugby World Championship hasn’t been out of New Zealand hands since 2002 and despite the disappointment of not securing a Test series victory over the Lions earlier this summer, Steve Hansen’s side will be supremely confident.

Hansen has made six changes to the side that drew the final test against the Lions, the most notable inclusion is that of Sonny Bill Williams.

Williams has not played since he was red carded for a shoulder charge on Anthony Watson in the second test. He’ll be raring to go and you’d back him to cross the whitewash on his return.

Last year, the All Blacks were more dominant than usual in the tournament. Not only did they win all their six matches played, they added the bonus point as well.

No team could cope with the power of the pack and the attacking flair of the backline. A formidable force, expect the All Blacks to run in several tries not just in Sydney, but in the tournament.

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