Hello and welcome to tonight's live blog of the Bledisloe Cup match between the All Blacks and Australia in Sydney.
The Wallabies have improved since their 41-33 loss in Bledisloe III last year and fancy their chances against the All Blacks after winning their last seven tests on the trot.
But the All Blacks have a decent record of their own. What is it? Oh, just 17 wins in a row.
Alos, the Wallabies are winless in their last six tests against the world champions – an 18-all draw in October, 2012 is as close as they have been since their 25-20 victory in Brisbane back in 2011.
But they looked sharp against France and the selection of Kurtley Beale is a clear sign the Wallabies are prepared to chance their arm tonight.
The All Blacks showed some signs of vulnerability against England in June but they still won the series 3-0. A Wallabies victory is not impossible but the hosts will have to be at their best, and have luck on their side to win, while the All Blacks are the masters of finding a way to win.
Kick off is just over 30 minutes away and it's a wet old night in Sydney. Not quite sure who that favours?
Anyway, I'm Steven Holloway and with the help of my trusty pal Nick Edlin, will bring you all the live action, colour, tweets and pics from tonight's match. To join in on the chat click 'comment' and have your say. Nick is standing by to answer any and all of your curly pre-match questions.
We're just over 20 minutes away from kick off.
Quite possibly - in wet conditions accumulating points will be critical.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has sprung a surprise after leaving full-back Israel Dagg out of his 23 man squad. Dagg, the incumbent since 2011, missed the final two June Tests against England with a knee injury but Ben Smith will wear the 15 tonight. Outside-centre Conrad Smith will also miss out tonight after darting back to New Zealand on Friday morning to witness the birth of his child.
Highlanders sensation Malakai Fekitoa will start in Smith's absence. The rest of the squad is predictable. Aaron Cruden will start at flyhalf for Dan Carter (leg) and Wyatt Crockett replaces Tony Woodcock (shoulder) at loosehead.
Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has made six changes to his starting side. The selection of Kurtley Beale at flyhalf is the biggest shock. That forces Bernard Foley to the bench alongside outside centre Tevita Kuridrani, with Adam Ashley-Cooper shifting from wing to his preferred number 13 jumper. Pat McCabe and Rob Horne are the new wingers for Ashley-Cooper and Nick 'The Honey Badger' Cummins (Japanese rugby). Up front hooker Nathan Charles makes his first Test start for Tatafu Polota-Nau (knee) and lock Sam Carter starts ahead of benched Waratahs giant Will Skelton.
"We recognise with the All Blacks you've got to go out there and have a crack. You need to take a few risks and get on with it so with the way we want to play the game having Kurtley at number 10 suits what we want to do," – Ewen McKenzie on Kurtley Beale's selection at flyhalf.
Kick off is at 10.05pm (NZT)
1. Wyatt Crockett 2. Dane Coles 3. Owen Franks 4. Brodie Retallick 5. Samuel Whitelock 6. Jerome Kaino 7. Richie McCaw (c) 8. Kieran Read 9. Aaron Smith 10. Aaron Cruden 11. Julian Savea 12. Ma'a Nonu 13. Malakai Fekitoa 14. Cory Jane 15. Ben Smith
Replacements : 16. Keven Mealamu 17. Ben Franks 18. Joe Moody 19. Steven Luatua 20. Sam Cane 21. TJ Perenara 22.. Beauden Barrett 23.Ryan Crotty
1. James Slipper (vc) , 2. Nathan Charles , 3. Sekope Kepu , 4. Sam Carter , 5. Rob Simmons , 6. Scott Fardy , 7. Michael Hooper (c) , 8. Wycliff Palu , 9. Nic White , 10. Kurtley Beale , 11. Rob Horne , 12. Matt Toomua , 13. Adam Ashley-Cooper (vc) , 14. Pat McCabe , 15. Israel Folau
Replacements : James Hanson , Pek Cowan , Ben Alexander , Will Skelton , Ben McCalman , Scott Higginbotham , Nick Phipps , Bernard Foley , Tevita Kuridrani
Good to have you on board, Morris. Hopefully we can bring you a win.
The players are doing their final special handshakes in the changing sheds which means we are very nearly ready to go.
Richie McCaw is leading the All Blacks out now into very difficult conditions. Looks like it will be raining throughout the whole game.