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Beale handed chance to make amends

Australia full-back Kurtley Beale will get the chance to make up for his poor performance in Sydney last weekend after being named on the bench for Saturday's clash with New Zealand at Eden Park.

The Wallabies will be aiming to keep their Bledisloe Cup alive against the All Blacks.

After his worst performance in a Wallabies jersey in the 27-19 loss to the world champions last Saturday night, Beale was dropped from the starting side on Friday.

But coach Robbie Deans has spared the reigning John Eales Medal holder the axe completely, naming Beale on the bench for the daunting task in Auckland.

Queensland Reds forward Liam Gill is poised to make his Test debut after also earning a berth among the reserves, alongside fellow forwards Saia Fainga'a, James Slipper and Radike Samo.

Nick Phipps and Anthony Fainga'a are also in the squad but Waratahs hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau has missed out after failing to recover from a corked buttock.

The Wallabies return to Eden Park for the first time since their 20-6 World Cup semi-final defeat at the hands of the All Blacks last year and have not won at the venue since 1986.

The All Blacks will wrap up the Bledisloe Cup for the 10th straight year if they win the match.

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