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Hooper wouldn't swap teammates for All Blacks

Michael Hooper remains confident Australia can turn things around even in the wake of a second successive convincing defeat at the hands of New Zealand in the Rugby Championship.

Beauden Barrett turned in a sparkling performance at Eden Park on Saturday, becoming the first All Black to score four tries against the Wallabies, contributing 30 points in total as the defending champions ran out 40-12 victors to retain the Bledisloe Cup.

Joe Moody and Liam Squire also crossed the whitewash for the home side, who have not lost at the Auckland venue in 42 Tests – a run that dates back to July 1994.

The Wallabies, by comparison, are left licking their wounds on the back of last weekend’s 38-13 defeat in Sydney, while the pressure continues to mount on head coach Michael Cheika.

“I’ve got full belief in our team, I’ve got full belief in our players,” said a defiant Hooper.

“Something is not going right at the moment in certain parts of our game that we’ve got to cut out.

“But I’m a big believer in this team and I’ve got full confidence that we can turn the corner.”

Hooper went on to make the startling claim that he wouldn’t trade any of his teammates for All Blacks.

“You look at the match-ups tonight, of the players, and I’m keeping all our players you know?” he said.

“I’m not swapping any of them. So how we can get us as a group to reach our potential is the key.

“I’m going to keep fighting and keep swinging until we get there.”

The Wallabies will now try to defend their home turf against South Africa when they host the Springboks in Brisbane in two weeks time.

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Hooper wouldn't swap teammates for All Blacks