Test Rugby 2019 Bledisloe Cup - Game 2

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2019's Rugby Championship is over but the Bledisloe Cup continues for one more match. Australia lead the series 1-0 and a second win or draw would see their first victory since 2002. New Zealand must win to retain.

5.35pm AEST Saturday @ Eden Park, Auckland.
 
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2019's Rugby Championship is over but the Bledisloe Cup continues for one more match. Australia lead the series 1-0 and a second win would see their first victory since 2002. New Zealand need a draw or win to retain.

5.35pm AEST Saturday @ Eden Park, Auckland.
If you’re down 1 nil, how does a draw win NZ the Bledisloe?
 

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The All Blacks selectors haven't sat on their hands, with three high-profile players dumped after poor performances in Perth; wingers Ben Smith and Rieko Ioane have been axed, so too tighthead prop Owen Franks. The backline changes have opened up opportunities for Crusaders flyers Sevu Reece and George Bridge, who boast just four Tests between them, while Nepo Laulala will pack down in the front-row in place of Franks. The two other changes see the return of Sonny Bill Williams, which pushes Anton Lienert-Brown to outside centre, while Patrick Tuipoluto is Barrett's replacement at lock.

Beauden Barrett, Sevu Reece, Anton Lienert-Brown, Sonny Bill Williams, George Bridge, Richie Mo'unga, Aaron Smith; Kieran Read (capt), Sam Cane, Ardie Savea, Sam Whitelock, Patrick Tuipulotu, Nepo Laulala, Dane Coles, Joe Moody. Reserves: Codie Taylor, Ofa Tu'ungafasi, Angus Ta'avao, Jackson Hemopo, Matt Todd, TJ Perenara, Ngani Laumape, Jordie Barrett.

Australia

The Wallabies selectors have backed their boys to do the job again with just one injury-forced change to their starting XV. It is however a big one, with powerhouse lock Rory Arnold sidelined by a hand injury. That opens the door for Adam Coleman for whom Cheika has always had a fondness. Young Reds back-rower Liam Wright will debut from the bench, while veteran Adam Ashley-Cooper could offer valuable experience late in the contest.

Kurtley Beale, Reece Hodge, James O'Connor, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete, Christian Lealiifano, Nic White; Isi Naisarani, Michael Hooper, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Adam Coleman, Izack Rodda, Alan Alaalatoa, Tolu Latu, Scott Sio. Replacements: Folau Fainga'a, James Slipper, Taniela Tupou, Rob Simmons, Liam Wright, Will Genia, Matt To'omua, Adam Ashley-Cooper.
 

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FFS, they may as well bolt/weld the cup inside a trophy cabinet over there, is this ill-gotten drought EVER going to end?!?

Glad I’ll never set foot inside eden park, which imo is inferior to every Australian stadium with a 30k capacity or higher *rant over*
 

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