31 October 2020 06:31
New Zealand heads across the Tasman for Bledisloe III with a 1-0 lead in the four-Test series having drawn in Wellington and won in Auckland. That leaves Dave Rennie's Australia with no choice but to win in Sydney on Saturday night to level the series, and have a chance of winning back the trophy in Brisbane next month. The Wallabies have not won the Bledisloe Cup since 2002. MATCH CENTRE: Wallabies vs All Blacks in Sydney, stats, video Watch every match of the 2020 Bledisloe Cup & Tri Nations Live & On-Demand on Kayo. Rennie has once again rung in the changes with four debutants named in his 23-man squad.
Uncapped 20-year-old Noah Lolesio will wear the No.10 for James O'Connor, who has a knee injury, while Irae Simone also earns his debut at No.12 for the injured Matt To'omua. Jordan Petaia makes his first start for the series, winning the race to No.13 over Hunter Paisami. The Wallabies' other changes include Allan Alaalatoa — the only change in the pack — while veteran Dane Haylett-Petty will start at full back for Tom Banks. The All Blacks have made three changes of their own; Hoskins Sotutu will debut at No.8 for Ardie Savea, who is on paternity leave, while Karl Tu'inukuafe is loosehead prop for Joe Moody and Samuel Whitelock returns at starting lock. TEAMS: Mass changes as Rennie names rookie fly half among FOUR debutants for Bledisloe Kia ora, good evening and welcome to Newshub's live coverage of the third Bledisloe Cup test match between the All Blacks and Australia from Stadium Australia in Sydney.
Rennie, the 56-year-old Kiwi with Cook Islands heritage now living in Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast, hates leaving anything to chance. How the Wallabies responded to the haka in the first two Bledisloe matches certainly wasn't something Rennie would leave to chance. Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images The Wallabies stand in a boomerang formation while the All Blacks perform their pre-match haka. * All Blacks v Australia: Why Sam Cane can hope to lift Bledisloe Cup in Sydney * All Blacks v Australia: 'Do or die' for both teams in Bledisloe III in Sydney "We didn't want to spend a massive amount of time around the haka but I wanted the boys to understand what the haka is about and for us to come up with a way where we're going to embrace it," Rennie told the Sydney Morning Herald. "We came out with our boomerang formation because it is unique to us," Rennie said.
A source close to the negotiations told the Herald the All Blacks all but told Rennie that, if he put his name in the ring, the job was his. Rennie is man of high principle who bought into the vision of then RA chief executive Raelene Castle and director of rugby Scott Johnson. His message to New Zealand Rugby: thanks, but no thanks. Phil Walter/Getty Images The All Blacks perform the haka prior to the Bledisloe Cup opener. He is yet to win over the Australian rugby public, who are still coming to grips with another Kiwi coaching the Wallabies. "He broke a bit of ground didn't he," said Rennie of Deans. "It's probably tough for an Australian public to take a foreigner coming in and coaching their national team. In New Zealand, it's hard to see it happening from an All Blacks perspective. You look at the rest of our national teams – rugby league, hockey and cricket – and there are plenty of Australian coaches who come in. Mark Baker/AP Sam Cane and the All Blacks enjoyed a bounce back performance on Eden Park in Bledisloe II. Although singing Advance Australia Fair at Sky Stadium would have had zero bearing on the result in game one, Rennie didn't hesitate in the minutes before Australia's gallant 16-16 draw. There were no regrets," Rennie said. SKY SPORT Du'Plessis Kirifi on what his All Blacks callup means, after the team arrived in Sydney. "I have a lot of guys I've coached playing for the All Blacks and I still have strong relationships with them, but there's no way that I don't want to get one over them." Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images Tom Banks of the Wallabies is crunched in a tackle by Hoskins Sotutu. "We've got a diverse group, with many not born in this country," Rennie said. On and off the field, Rennie knows the Wallabies have a long way to go. They are essentially five weeks into a three-year plan to win the 2023 Rugby World Cup. "We know we're good enough but we're going to have to be at our best for 80-odd minutes," Rennie said. Wallabies youngster Filipo Daugunu was more than happy to tell reporters how the Australians plan to deal with All Blacks star Caleb Clarke when Bledisloe 3 kicks off on Saturday night. Clarke tore the Wallabies' defence to shreds in a huge debut performance in New Zealand's 27-7 win in Bledisloe II. Daugunu was the man who faced off with the impressive Kiwi and by the sounds of things he took the loss at Eden Park personally. While the winger believes it's his job to minimise Clarke's impact, Lock Matt Philip declared it will be a team effort. It's a team job to stop that," Philip said. Daugunu's words sparked a fierce reaction from the New Zealand media, especially since Clarke doesn't seem like the kind of player you want to provoke. NZ rugby writer Phil Gifford called out the Australian for the way he responded to questions about the All Blacks star in a piece in the New Zealand Herald. Filipo Daugunu (centre) in the loss in Bledisloe II. The Wallabies have had to make several changes to their line up for tonight's clash with the side looking drastically different to the team that lined up in game II. Noah Lolesio and Irae Simone will make historic debuts as the first 10-12 combination to play alongside one another since 1985. South Africa's withdrawal from the tournament means the competition will be played out by three teams for the first time since Argentina joined back in 2011. Australia and New Zealand will get the tournament underway in Sydney, meeting in the third of four Bledisloe Cup matches of 2020. After a tense 16-16 draw in Wellington and a 27-7 defeat at Eden Park, the Wallabies will need to win this clash if they are to stand any chance for lifting the Bledisloe Cup for the first time since 2002. What time does Australia v New Zealand kick-off? The clash gets underway at Sydney's ANZ Stadium on Saturday, October 31, at 8.45am UK time. What TV channel is Australia v New Zealand on? What's the Australia v New Zealand team news? Wallabies boss Dave Rennie has called up on two debutants in his starting XV, with Brumbies duo Noah Lolesio and Irae Simone coming in for the injured James O'Connor and Matt To'omua respectively. Leading the back-line against the All Blacks in your first Test promisies to be a big ask for 20-year old Lolesio, although he will have the experienced Nic White by his side at half-back. Meanwhile, Hoskins Sotutu is set to make his first Test start in an All Blacks jersey as part of three changes made by Ian Foster. Australia: Dane Haylett-Petty; Filipo Daugunu, Jordan Petaia, Irae Simone, Marika Koroibete; Noah Lolesio, Nic White; James Slipper, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Allan Alaalatoa, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Matt Philip, Ned Hanigan, Michael Hooper (captain), Harry Wilson. Replacements: Jordan Uelese, Scott Sio, Taniela Tupou, Rob Simmons, Fraser McReight, Tate McDermott, Reece Hodge, Hunter Paisami. New Zealand: Beauden Barrett; Jordie Barrett, Anton Lienert-Brown, Jack Goodhue, Caleb Clarke; Richie Mo'unga, Aaron Smith; Karl Tu'inukuafe, Dane Coles, Ofa Tuungafasi, Patrick Tuipulotu, Sam Whitelock, Shannon Frizell, Sam Cane (captain), Hoskins Sotutu. Replacements: Codie Taylor, Alex Hodgman, Tyrel Lomax, Scott Barrett, Dalton Papalii, TJ Perenara, Ngani Laumape, Rieko Ioane. Wallabies coach Dave Rennie: "We've worked everyone really hard even though we've had 40-odd at training and a lot of moving parts. All Blacks coach Ian Foster: "None of our players, even our experienced ones, have had to win the trophy in Australia. "In the past the deciding game has always been in New Zealand, so I think it's a great challenge for us.