All Blacks – Wallabies: schedule and how to watch the first game of the Rugby Championship


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All Blacks - Wallabies: schedule and how to watch the first game of the Rugby Championship

The Rugby Championship begins and after what was the match for the Bledisloe Cup, New Zealand and Australia meet this Saturday at Eden Park in Auckland in the opening of the tournament and the second duel for the cup between both countries.

How to watch the game?

The first confrontation was a triumph for New Zealand by 33-25 and this Saturday, from 3.50 on ESPN and ESPN 3, they will be face to face again.

The preview of the match

The Australians will seek to break a 19-year streak without being able to lift the traditional trophy that both countries dispute every year and that this season will feature three games: two at Eden Park in Auckland and the last in Perth, Australia.

For almost 100 years, Eden Park has been a true fortress for the All Blacks. In 88 games since 1921 (first loss by a tight 9-5 was to South Africa), the All Blacks have lost only ten times. In addition, the kiwi team has not lost to their Australian counterpart since the 1986 Bledisloe Cup (22-9).

History shows that both teams met 171 times with 118 wins for the Men in Black, 45 for the Wallabies and 8 draws.

Formations:

New Zealand: 1- George Bower, 2- Codie Taylor, 3- Nepo Laulala; 4- Brodie Retallick, 5- Samuel Whitelock (C); 6- Akira Ioane, 7- Dalton Papalii, 8- Ardie Savea; 9- Aaron Smith, 10- Richie Mo’unga; 11- Sevu Reece, 12- David Havili, 13- Rieko Ioane, 14- Will Jordan; 15- Damian McKenzie.

Substitutes: 16- Samisoni Tauke’iaho, 17- Karl Tu’inukuafe, 18- Angus Ta’avao, 19- Scott Barrett, 20- Luke Jacobson, 21- TJ Perenara 22- Beauden Barrett and 23- Jordie Barrett.

Australia: 1- James Slipper, 2- Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 3- Allan Alaalatoa; 4- Darcy Swain, 5- Matt Philip; 6- Lachlan Swinton, 7- Michael Hooper (C), 8- Rob Valetini; 9- Tate McDermott, 10- Noah Lolesio; 11- Marika Koribete, 12- Matt To´omua, 13- Hunter Paisami, 14- Andrew Kellaway; 15- Tom Banks.

Substitutes: 16- Jordan Uelese, 17- Scott Sio, 18- Taniela Tupou, 19- Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 20- Harry Wilson, 21- Nic White, 22- Len Ikitau, 23- Reece Hodge.


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