East Saturday the first level international rugby returns with the first of the two matches to be held New Zealand and Australia by Bledisloe Cup. The match between All Blacks and Wallabies will be played at 11:50 p.m. and can be seen live on ESPN and ESPN Play.
Head coach Ian Foster confirmed the men in black that they will jump to Wellington’s Sky Stadium, and at 8 that they will be on the substitute bench. Among the most experienced players of the New Zealand team that will be there from the start, stand out Sam Whitelock (117 test matches) and Sam Cane (68), who will also be the captain of the team. At the last moment, the coach had to disengage Beauden Barrett (83), who was listed as fullback, and in his place Damian McKezie will enter, who missed the World Cup due to injury and in this way he will put the black shirt back on. Richie Mo’unga will act as the opener.
On the other hand, there will be three players in the bench of the substitutes who had a great performance during the Super Rugby Aotearoa representing their respective teams and that, to enter, they would debut with the New Zealand national team: the second line Tupou Vaa’i, the third line Hoskins Sotutu and the wing Caleb Clarke.
Meanwhile, the head coach of the Wallabies, Dave rennie announced a campus with an interesting mix between experienced players and beginners. James o’connor, who had a great Super Ruby, will wear number 10 again. In key positions, Rennie has opted for experience, resisting the temptation to include young but talented players like Fraser McReight and Tate McDermott.
However, after having shown a very high level in Super Rugby Australia with the Reds jersey, Harry Wilson will be from the start and will make his official debut with the Wallabies. Along with him will be Pete Samu and Captain Michael Hooper, who will become the youngest player in history to reach 100 international tests, at the age of 28.
All Blacks: 1. Joe Moody, 2. Codie Taylor, 3. Ofa Tuungafasi, 4. Patrick Tuipulotu, 5. Samuel Whitelock, 6. Shannon Frizell, 7. Sam Cane, 8. Ardie Savea, 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Richie Mo ‘ unga, 11. George Bridge, 12. Jack Goodhue, 13. Rieko Ioane, 14. Jordie Barrett, 15. Damian McKenzie.
Substitutes: 16. Dane Coles, 17. Karl Tu’inukuafe, 18. Nepo Laulala, 19. Tupou Vaa’i, 20. Hoskins Sotutu, 21. TJ Perenara, 22. Anton Lienert-Brown, 23. Caleb Clarke.
Wallabies: 1-James Slipper, 2-Folau Fainga’a, 3-Taniela Tupou, 4-Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 5-Matt Philip, 6-Harry Wilson, 7-Michael Hooper, 8-Pete Samu, 9-Nic White, 10-James O’Connor, 11-Marika Koroibete, 12-Matt To’omua, 13-Hunter Paisami, 14-Filipo Daugunu, 15-Tom Banks.
Alternates: 16-Jordan Uelese, 17-Scott Sio, 18-Allan Alaalatoa, 19-Rob Simmons, 20-Rob Valetini, 21-Jake Gordon, 22-Noah Lolesio, 23-Reece Hodge.