Bledisloe Cup 2019: All Blacks v Wallabies Eden Park decider – live! | Sport


We’re not a million miles from kick-off, so let’s review the team news:

As expected, only injury has altered Michael Cheika’s 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 that’s 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.

Australia: (15-1)

Kurtley Beale, Marika Koroibete, James O’Connor, 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 Fainga’a, James Slipper, Taniela Tupou, Rob Simmons, Liam Wright, Will Genia, Matt Toomua, Adam Ashley-Cooper.

For Steve Hansen, it’s 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 Barrett’s 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 Mo’unga, Aaron Smith, Kieran Read (captain), Sam Cane, Ardie Savea, Sam Whitelock, Patrick Tuipulotu, Nepo Laulala, Dane Coles, Joe Moody. Bench: Codie Taylor, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Angus Ta’avao, Jackson Hemopo, Matt Todd, TJ Perenara, Ngani Laumape, Jordie Barrett.



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