Hooper back from injury to lead the Wallabies against the All Blacks

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   Sam Whitelock will chalk up his 100th game in the All Blacks jersey against the Wallabies on Saturday night

ANTHONY AU-YEUNG GETTY IMAGES Sam Whitelock will chalk up his 100th game in the All Blacks jersey against the Wallabies on Saturday night

Robertson (107kg), Polota-Nau (114kg) and Kepu (118kg) combine for 339kg, but that will greatly increase when 135kg back-up tighthead Taniela Tupou enters the fray.

Jack Maddocks is set for his Test debut off the bench, while Pete Samu has won the battle against Ned Hanigan as back-up flanker off the pine.

Scott Sio's injury is a major blow for Australia.

They'll be up against the all-Crusaders front row of Owen Franks (118kg) Codie Taylor (111kg) and Joe Moody (120kg), who've been scrumming together for years at Super Rugby and Test level.

Polota-Nau only arrived in Wallabies camp two weeks ago and said he believed he would not be given a start because Latu was ahead of him in the selection picture.

The Kiwis have also been forced to make a late change to their front-row stocks after reserve Ofa Tuungafase was ruled out with a rib injury.

Adding injury to insult, full-back Israel Folau came off near the hour-mark after rolling his ankle as the Wallabies suffered a third straight humbling loss in the tournament opener to their trans-Tasman rivals.

Hooper back from injury to lead the Wallabies against the All Blacks

Then, just two minutes into the second half, Naholo ripped the ball off Marika Koroibete on the All Blacks' 22. David Pocock, 9. Will Genia, 10. Izack Rodda, 5. Adam Coleman, 6.

When the All Blacks eventually got themselves into a good attacking position they lost a 5m lineout, and their frustration continued as Waisake Naholo was bundled into touch in the right-hand corner, a Tatafu Polota-Nau breakdown steal ended a 17-phase attack, and Beauden Barrett was off target with a 40m penalty-goal attempt. Allan Alaalatoa 18. Jermaine Ainsley 19. Nick Phipps 22. Matt Toomua 23.

The Wallabies defended well in the first half, with their linespeed forcing their opponents into making uncharacteristic errors, but that effort clearly took its toll in the second half. Ryan Crotty 11. Rieko Ioane 10. Kieran Read (captain) 7.

The Wallabies led 6-5 at half-time and worked tenaciously to give themselves a shot at victory.

It was all over when man-of-the-match Brodie Retallick crossed to make it 26-6.

Wallabies: 1. Tom Robertson, 2.

Reserves: 16. Nathan Harris 17. Karl Tu'inukuafe 18. Tim Perry 19. Scott Barrett 20. Ardie Savea 21.

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