Bledisloe Cup Rugby: Rieko Ioane fell when the All Blacks’ ring...

Bledisloe Cup Rugby: Rieko Ioane fell when the All Blacks’ ring...
Bledisloe Cup Rugby: Rieko Ioane fell when the All Blacks’ ring...

Rieko Ioane was benched after his mistake against the Wallabies last week when the All Blacks ring changes for Bledisloe II this Sunday.

Another new All Black will be selected on the 23rd matchday. Prop Alex Hodgman will make his bench test debut while two other new All Blacks, Lock Tupou Vaa’i and winger Caleb Clarke, made their first Test starts from the bench last week.

Follow live: All Blacks coach Ian Foster explains surprising changes in the squad for the addition to the Bledisloe Cup

Hodgman is one of several changes in the striker, with hooker Dane Coles at the start and Codie Taylor on the bench while prop Nepo Laulala returns over the bench.

Lock Sam Whitelock is undergoing Head Injury Assessment (HIA) protocols and was not available for selection. Therefore, Tupou will start alongside Patrick Tuipulotu.

After a four month injury hiatus, there is also a welcome return to reserves for 36-Test striker Scott Barrett.

In the back Anton Lienert-Brown was named in the middle, while Rieko Ioane will cause a stir from the bench.

George Bridge, who sustained a serious chest injury in training on Wednesday, gives way to Clarke on the left wing.

Beauden Barrett resumes his position as defender after his late retirement last week with Damian McKenzie on the bench.

All Blacks head coach Ian Foster were happy with the way the team was preparing for the grudge game at Eden Park.

“Our preparation this week has been really good,” he said.

“It was our first test together last weekend. While there were some aspects of our game that we were really looking forward to, especially when it came to our set piece, we didn’t get the performance we wanted. So there was a lot to do. We have to be smarter with our ball and focus more defensively.

“The Bledisloe series is back in first place and is starting again this weekend which is exciting. It’s the last test at home for us so there will be a lot of excitement among our fans too. There’s everything we can play on and we can’t wait. ” “

In choosing Vaa’i and Hodgman, Foster added, “It’s a great opportunity for Tupou. We enjoyed seeing him come off the bench last weekend, he brought a lot of energy and he settled in well.

“Alex was impressive in the training weeks. He is mobile and has made great strides in scrummaging. This is a great opportunity for him in his first test. “

The All Blacks and Australia play their 168th Test against each other. New Zealand won 115 of these games and Australia 44 with eight draws. The All Blacks have been organizing the Bledisloe Cup since 2003.

All Blacks Team:

1. Joe Moody (47)
2. Dane Coles (70)
3. Ofa Tuungafasi (36)
4. Patrick Tuipulotu (31)
5. Tupou Vai’i (1)
6. Shannon Frizell (10)
7. Sam Cane (69) – Captain
8. Ardie Savea (45)
9. Aaron Smith (93)
10. Richie Mo’unga (18)
11. Caleb Clarke (1)
12. Jack Goodhue (14)
13. Anton Lienert-Brown (44)
14. Jordie Barrett (18)
15. Beauden Barrett (84)


16. Codie Taylor (51)
17. Alex Hodgman – Debüt
18. Single Laulala (27)
19. Scott Barrett (36)
20. Hoskins Sotutu (1)
21. TJ Perenara (65)
22. Rieko Ioane (30)
23. Damian McKenzie (24)

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