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Bledisloe Cup Preview – New era for both New Zealand and Australia begins Saturday


It is the first test match since the world went into lock-down in April and we cannot wait.

Beside the fact that we all have been waiting for this day to arrive since April we know it is going to be a spicy one on Sunday when the All Blacks host Australia in the first Bledisloe Cup test match.

We do not really know what to expect although the All Blacks and Australia has gone through their own local Super Rugby tournaments in the last couple of months.

Most people will give the All Blacks an easy win but the Aussies will start a new ear under a new coaching team.

The All Blacks always seemed to be able to show less rustiness than other sides when it comes to international test matches but we should not expect any perfection from either of the two sides.

There is a few new faces and new combinations which will take time to settle even if you wear a black jersey in front of your home crowd.

Foster has made some weird selections for his first test incharge, with Beauden Barrett at fullback and his inform brother Jordie on the right wing. Jordie has been by far the best fullback in the Super Rugby Aotearoa.

The midfield is also a new combination for the All Blacks with Rieko Ioane and Jack Goodhue pairing up. Ioane has been good in the Super Rugby Aotoearoa for the Blues in the midfield but his selection there has come as a surprise.

Harry Wilson, Filipo Daugunu and Hunter Paisami will make their debut on Sunday for their country with Noah Lolesio that will make his debut of the bench.

James O’Connor will have to play a vital roll for the Aussies at ten. The one battle we are really looking forward too is up front. Not just the set pieces but also the battle on the ground.

This is going to be an interesting test and one we really looking forward too.


All Blacks: Beauden Barrett, Jordie Barrett, Rieko Ioane, Jack Goodhue, George Bridge, Richie Mo’unga, Aaron Smith, Ardie Savea, Sam Cane (c), Shannon Frizell, Sam Whitelock, Patrick Tuipulotu, Ofa Tuungafasi, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody

Replacements: Dane Coles, Karl Tu’inukuafe, Nepo Laulala, Tupou Vaa’i, Hoskins Sotutu, TJ Perenara, Anton Lienert-Brown, Caleb Clarke

Wallabies: Tom Banks, Filipo Daugunu, Hunter Paisami, Matt To’omua, Marika Koroibete, James O’Connor, Nic White, Harry Wilson, Michael Hooper (c), Pete Samu, Matt Philip, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Taniela Tupou, Folau Fainga’a, James Slipper

Replacements: Jordan Uelese, Scott Sio, Allan Alaalatoa, Rob Simmons, Rob Valetini, Jake Gordon, Noah Lolesio, Reece Hodge

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