Welcome to Fox Sports’ LIVE coverage of Bledisloe II between Australia and New Zealand at Eden Park.
The Dave Rennie era of the Wallabies is well and truly underway as he kicked off his tenure as Australia head coach last week with a thrilling 16-16 draw against the All Blacks at Sky Stadium.
It was so close to a victory – one that no one would have begrudged them – had Reece Hodge’s mammoth penalty from inside his own half been a couple of inches more to the left.
And now he must go to Eden Park searching for his first win as coach at a ground where New Zealand haven’t lost for 26 years and where Australia haven’t won for 34.
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In order to do that, Rennie has made sweeping changes to his match-day squad, with Hooker Folau Fainga’a, back rower Pete Samu, reserve back rower Rob Valetini and reserve playmaker Noah Lolesio all axed from the team.
Ned Hanigan and Brandon Paenga-Amosa have been recalled to play their first game for the Wallabies in two years in their stead, while the fit-again Jordan Petaia and Queensland Reds captain Liam Wright must settle for places amongst the replacements.
New Zealand have also made changes, with Beauden Barrett fit enough to play after missing Bledisloe I, but Rieko Ioane is a doubt after picking up an injury in training this week.
Wallabies team: Banks, Daugunu, Paisami, To’omua, Koroibete, O’Connor, White; Slipper, Paenga-Amosa, Tupou, Salakaia-Loto, Philip, Hanigan, Hooper, Wilson. Replacement s: Uelese, Sio, Alaalatoa, Simmons, Wright, Gordon, Petaia, Hodge.
All Blacks team: B Barrett, J Barrett, Lienert-Brown, Goodhue, Clarke, Mo’unga, Smith; Moody, Coles, Tuungafasi, Tuipulotu, Vaa’I, Frizell, Cane, Savea. Replacements: Taylor, Hodgman, Laulala, S Barrett, Sotutu, Perenara, Ioane, McKenzie.
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