Australia and New Zealand meet again on the pitch, this time it will be at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney for the debut of the Three Nations and, also, the third date of the Bledisloe Cup. Match that can be seen live this Saturday from 5.45am on ESPN 2 and ESPN Play.
The novelty is the Hoskins Sotutu’s entry at number eight in his first time as a titleholder, instead of Ardie Savea, while Dalton Papalii and Ngani Laumape also make their first appearance in 2020, although they will have to wait from the substitute bench.
Sotutu is one of the three changes among the forwards, he also enters Karl Tu’inukuafe as a mainstay by Joe Moody, who is still going through HIA (Head Injury Assessment) protocols, while Samuel Whitelock returns to ownership.
“He’s had a lot of minutes so far in the Bledisloe Cup and he’s ready to go. He’s excited. It’s very special to him,” commented Ian Foster on the entry of the young Blues third row.
In addition, the All Blacks head coach said: “None of our players, not even the experienced ones, have yet won the trophy in Australia. In the past, the decisive game has always been in New Zealand, so I think it is a great challenge for us. “
New Zealand: 1. Karl Tu’inukuafe, 2. Dane Coles, 3. Ofa Tuungafasi; 4. Patrick Tuipulotu, 5. Samuel Whitelock; 6. Shannon Frizell, 7. Sam Cane (captain), 8. Hoskins Sotutu; 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Richie Mo’unga; 11. Caleb Clarke, 12. Jack Goodhue, 13. Anton Lienert-Brown, 14. Jordie Barrett; 15. Beauden Barrett.
Alternates: 16. Codie Taylor, 17. Alex Hodgman, 18. Tyrel Lomax, 19. Scott Barrett, 20. Dalton Papali’i, 21. TJ Perenara 22. Ngani Laumape and 23. Rieko Ioane.