SYDNEY - Ewen McKenzie's ideas and attention to detail have helped convince the Wallabies their new coach has the game plan to upset world champions New Zealand in his first game at the helm.
Injuries to Wycliff Palu and Kurtley Beale, the retirement of George Smith, the axing of prop Benn Robinson and the anticipated shift from five-eighth to wing of James O'Connor ensure the side will be quite different to the one that started the final Test against the British and Irish Lions last month.
The Wallabies have spoken about an expansive entertaining style McKenzie plans to employ, not dissimilar to what he utilised with the Reds, but tweaked for the stricter defences of Test rugby.
His ideas and diligence have quickly impressed players working under him for the first time.
"I really do like his detail that he puts in," said Brumbies skipper and incumbent loose forward Ben Mowen on Wednesday.
"I like the strategies that he's talking about putting in place.
"You can tell that he's thought for a very long time."