Weâre not a million miles from kick-off, so letâs review the team news:
As expected, only injury has altered Michael Cheikaâs winning formula from Perth last weekend. In comes Adam Coleman from the start, with Rory Arnold out. It might not get too many headlines, but thatâs a huge out, especially with no Brodie Retallick in the opposite 15, and an area where Australia did well in game one. Liam Wright could come on for his first cap, therefore. What a place to do it. Meanwhile, Adam Ashley-Cooper returns to the bench, and could pick up his 118th cap.
Kurtley Beale, Marika Koroibete, James OâConnor, Samu Kerevi, Reece Hodge, Christian Lealiifano, Nic White, Isi Naisarani, Michael Hooper (captain), Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Adam Coleman, Izack Rodda, Allan Alaalatoa, Tolu Latu, Scott Sio. Bench: Folau Faingaâa, James Slipper, Taniela Tupou, Rob Simmons, Liam Wright, Will Genia, Matt Toomua, Adam Ashley-Cooper.
For Steve Hansen, itâs a raft of changes – both wingers, Ben Smith and Rieko Ioane are out, in come Sevu Reece and George Bridge for their first-ever All Blacks caps. Sonny Bill Williams returns for the injured Jack Goodhue, and Scott Barrettâs suspension sees Patrick Tuipulotu come into the back row. Finally, Nepo Laulala replaces veteran Owen Franks at prop.
New Zealand: Beauden Barrett, Sevu Reece, Anton Lienert-Brown, Sonny Bill Williams, George Bridge, Richie Moâunga, Aaron Smith, Kieran Read (captain), Sam Cane, Ardie Savea, Sam Whitelock, Patrick Tuipulotu, Nepo Laulala, Dane Coles, Joe Moody. Bench: Codie Taylor, Ofa Tuâungafasi, Angus Taâavao, Jackson Hemopo, Matt Todd, TJ Perenara, Ngani Laumape, Jordie Barrett.