Bledisloe II: Wallabies vs All Blacks live blog

It didn’t take long for players to let their emotions get the better of them in the Bledisloe rematch, with a biff breaking out after two minutes.

White talks Eden Park hoodoo

Following last weekend’s enthralling draw, the Wallabies will take on the All Blacks at Eden Park for a Bledisloe Cup rematch on Sunday afternoon.

Unsatisfied with the result in Wellington, Wallabies coach Dave Rennie ruthlessly swung the axe ahead of Sunday fixture, announcing four changes to Australia’s 23 earlier this week.

Ned Hanigan makes his return to the Wallabies starting XV for this first time in almost two years, his most recent Test match coming against England in November 2018.

“Ned Hanigan is a big body. He’s going to fill some space and importantly he’s going to do what he’s told,” Wallabies teammate Justin Harrison said.

“And I imagine he’s going to be told to tackle as much as he can, to shift people at the breakdown and make sure he provides a consistent target in that lineout.”

Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Liam Wright and Jordan Petaia will also return to the Australian squad.

Meanwhile, All Blacks winger Rieko Ioane was an 11th-hour withdrawal after tweaking his hamstring.

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The second Bledisloe match will kick-off on Sunday at 2pm AEDT, and can be watched on Fox Sports, Network Ten and Kayo.

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Bledisloe biff erupts after two minutes

It didn't take long for the players to let their emotions get the better of them.

After colliding with Taniela Tupou, New Zealand's Dane Coles started a brief scuffle, which was quickly broken up by referee Angus Gardner.

UFC champion Israel Adesanya seemingly enjoyed what he saw.

The UFC’s middleweight king Israel Adesanya loving what he sees 👌🏽 #NZLvAUS #BledisloeCup

There are also some promising signs for the Wallabies, with their scrum working wonders in the early passages of play.

A few minutes later, Tupou sprinted through New Zealand's defensive line, and was taken down inches from the tryline.

But an immediate turnover ensured the score remained 0-0.

All Blacks perform "menacing" haka

New Zealand have set the scene with another fierce haka at Eden Park.

Sydney Morning Herald reporter Jamie Pandaram tweeted: " That haka. All Blacks fired up to respond, Wallabies need to silence crowd early ."

Channel 10 journalist Caty Price tweeted: "There’s very few scenes in world sport that bring chills like the All Blacks doing the haka at Eden Park … how good."

ABC radio presenter Anne O'Keeffe posted: "That haka is even more menacing this week. We're not scared… well just a little bit. Bring it on."

That haka was 🔥🔥

Credit: @skysportnz #NZLvAUS #BledisloeCup

"Why not today?"

Australia has not defeated New Zealand at Eden Park since 1986 – no player in the Wallabies squad was alive the last time Australia achieved the feat.

Similarly, the All Blacks haven’t lost a Test match at the intimidating venue in 26 years.

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie said before kick-off: "We've talked about being excited about the opportunity to create a bit of history.

"We're well aware of how good they've been here. but they're going to lose at some stage at Eden Park, so why not today?"

A capacity crowd in Auckland for game 2 of the Bledisloe Cup between New Zealand and Australia, damn we miss that #BledisloeCup

Wallabies and All Blacks line-ups

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie spoke about the changes to Australia's squad on Thursday.

“We’ve got a group of 44-men who are all working hard and pushing for selection,” Rennie said.

“We’ve had massive support from back home and as a team we definitely feel that and it’s something we’ll draw on on Sunday afternoon.

“We know that New Zealand will step it up another level this weekend, we’re excited by the challenge ahead.”


James Slipper, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Taniela Tupou, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Matt Philip, Ned Hanigan, Michael Hooper (c), Harry Wilson, Nic White, James O'Connor, Marika Koroibete, Matt To'omua, Hunter Paisami, Filipo Daugunu, Tom Banks

Reserves: Jordan Uelese, Scott Sio, Allan Alaalaota, Rob Simmons, Liam Wright, Jake Gordon, Jordan Petaia, Reece Hodge

🔥 HERE WE GO! Where are you watching? #Wallabies #NZLvAUS #BledisloeCup


Joe Moody, Dane Coles, Ofa Tu'ungafasi, Patrick Tuipulotu, Tupou Vaa'i, Shannon Frizell, Sam Cane (c), Ardie Savea, Aaron Smith, Richie Mo'unga, Caleb Clarke, Jack Goodhue, Anton Lienert-Brown, Jordie Barrett, Beauden Barrett

Reserves: Codie Taylor, Alex Hodgman,Nepo Laulala, Scott Barrett, Hoskins Sotutu, TJ Perenara, Peter Umaga-Jensen, Damian McKenzie

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