For the last, decisive match of the Rugby Championship, New Zealand faces Australia in Auckland on Saturday. The compositions of the two teams have been revealed by the coaches.
On the All Blacks side, the second line Sam Whitelock will be the captain of the Blacks, while the third line Sam Cane is forfeited. Cane failed to recover from the time the head injury forced her off the pitch at the start of last Thursday’s 39-37 win against the Wallabies in Melbourne.
“We are fighting against a team for whom we have a lot of respect and who pushed us to the end. So we learned a lot of lessons from this meeting.”assured the coach of the All Blacks, Ian Foster. “It looks like a final, if you look at the state of the championship there are a few unknowns. We just want to make sure we go out there and give our best. »
Scott Barrett, David Havili and Quinn Tupaea will also miss out through injury as New Zealand seek a win at Eden Park on Saturday that could secure them the final victory in the Rugby Championship.
Foster formalized the return of Ardie Savea in the third line, after the birth of his third child, alongside Dalton Papali’i and Akira Ioane. The absence of Havili and Tupaea means there will be a new partnership at center between Jordie Barrett and Rieko Ioane. The All Blacks will rely on Richie Mo’unga at the opener and Beauden Barrett at fullback.
New Zealand and South Africa, who host Argentina in Durban on Saturday, are tied on 14 points at the top of the Rugby Championship standings. Australia, 3ehas ten points.
Neville and Wilson start for Australia
Australia recalled imposing second line Cadeyrn Neville and third line Harry Wilson. Neville will start for the first time since suffering a knee injury against England in July, while Wilson’s return will allow Rob Valetini to step up to the wing third line. The Aussies will be looking for their first victory over the All Blacks in Auckland since 1986.
“It’s great that Cadeyrn is available and Harry has worked very hard to earn another opportunity so we’re delighted for both of them,” said Australia coach Dave Rennie. The Wallabies are looking to bounce back from the heartbreaking defeat (39-37) in Melbourne last Thursday, conceded on a controversial try by Jordie Barrett after the siren.
The Wallabies lost second line Darcy Swain on Thursday, who was suspended for six weeks after being cited for a match for a dangerous move on Quinn Tupaea a week ago. Left prop James Slipper will captain Australia in a modified front row with hooker David Porecki and right prop Allan Alaalatoa. Scrum-half Jake Gordon will start again at the hinge with fly-half Bernard Foley, who retains his place despite being penalized for wasting time in the last game, which led to the trial victorious New Zealander in Melbourne.
The line-ups for New Zealand – Australia
New Zealand roster vs Australia: B. Barrett – Jordan, R. Ioane, J. Barrett, Clarke – (o) Mo’unga, (m) Smith – A. Savea, Papali’i, A. Ioane – Whitelock (cap), Retallick – Lomax, Taylor , from Groot
Substitutes : Taukei’aho, Tu’ungafasi, Laulala, Vaa’i, Sotutu, Christie, Tuivasa-Sheck, Reece
Composition of the Australia team against New Zealand: Kellaway – Wright, Ikitau, Foketi, Koroibete – (o) Foley, (m) Gordon – Wilson, Samu, Valetini – Neville, Holloway – Alaalatoa, Porecki, Slipper (cap)
Replacements: Fainga’a, Bell, Fa’amausili, Frost, McReight, White, Hodge, Petaia