After a short break from the international window in July, the All blacks defined a team to face Australia in Auckland for the first date of the Bledisloe Cup. The game can be followed live this Saturday at 3:50 (Arg) on ESPN (Arg / Uru / Par) and ESPN 3 (Col / Ecu / Per / Chi / Ven).
It will be a special night for Aaron smith, who will play his 100th game in the black jersey, after making his 2012 debut against Ireland.
The front row does not change from the last game against Fiji, with the pillars George Bower and Nepo Laulala next to the hooker Codie taylor. In the second, Brodie Retallick is back in the usual position next to the captain Samuel Whitelock and Scott Barrett there will be the bank. Finally, Ardie Save, Dlton Papalii and Akira Ioane They close the pack of forwards.
Between the backs, Richie mo’unga he wears the ten of New Zealand again together with Smith. David Havili and Anton Lienert-Brown will be the centers, while Rieko Ioane to the left, Sevu reece to the right and Damian McKenzie fullback will be the three from the bottom.
“There is great excitement in our group for what awaits us this weekend. There is a great history with the Bledisloe Cup, the rivalry between the All Blacks and Wallabies goes back a long, long time, and it is always massive competition. The title is not ours; we have to go out and win it again. We can’t wait for the weekend“, said the head coach, Ian Foster. New Zealand has owned the Bledisloe Cup since 2003.
The All Blacks and Wallabies will play their 171st match against each other, New Zealand won 117, Australia 45, there were eight draws .. The last match played against each other was the narrow 24-22 Kiwi victory at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, the year last.
Formation of the All Blacks: 1. George Bower, 2. Codie Taylor, 3. Nepo Laulala; 4. Brodie Retallick, 5. Samuel Whitelock (cap); 6. Akira Ioane, 7. Dalton Papalii, 8. Ardie Savea; 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Richie Mo’unga; 11. Rieko Ioane, 12. David Havili, 13. Anton Lienert-Brown, 14. Sevu Reece; 15. Damian McKenzie.
Substitutes: 16. Dane Coles, 17. Karl Tu’inukuafe, 18. Angus Ta’avao, 19. Scott Barrett, 20. Luke Jacobson, 21. Brad Weber, 22. Beauden Barrett and 23. Jordie Barrett.