Ewen McKenzie believes the Aussies can beat the All Blacks next month. Photo: Skysports
Australia head coach Ewen McKenzie believes his charges are showing the signs they are ready to defeat New Zealand in the Rugby Championship.
Since losing to the All Blacks the last time they played them, 41-33 in October, the Wallabies have gone on to win seven internationals in a row.
And ahead of the tournament which they are third favourites to win, McKenzie is adamant they are heading in the right direction to claim victory.
Brumbies winger Henry Speight attacks in Super Rugby. Photo: Skysports
Fiji-born Brumbies winger Henry Speight has been included in Australia’s squad for the upcoming Rugby Championship against New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina.
Wallaby coach Ewen McKenzie also named Melbourne Rebels scrum-half Luke Burgess in his 32-man squad on Wednesday in place of Will Genia, who may still be recalled later in the series if he recovers from his ankle injury.
Winger Joe Tomane replaces Nick Cummins, who has left to play in Japan.