Watch Rugby Championship Live Streaming New Zealand All Blacks vs Australia Wallabies Live Bledisloe Cup match will be kick off at Eden Park Stadium, Auckland,Saturday 23 August 2014 online, 17:35 AEDT and its broadcast on Fox Network/Channel 10/Channel 7/Fox Sports/Network 11/Sky Sports.
Injuries to second-five Ma’a Nonu and blindside flanker Jerome Kaino has forced All Blacks coach Steve Hansen to make changes to his starting line-up. Ryan Crotty is handed his first All Blacks start in the 12 jersey, while Liam Messam comes in for Kaino, who is out for four-to-six weeks with an elbow problem. New dad Conrad Smith returns at centre after missing last week’s Test for the birth of his son. Malakai Fekitoa, who played at centre instead of Smith last week, drops to the bench. The other newcomer in the reserves is prop Charlie Faumuina who missed last week through illness. The rest of the team gets to atone for their below-par effort at ANZ Stadium so that means Israel Dagg is still on the outer with Ben Smith preferred at fullback and Cory Jane, who will play his 50th Test, stays on the right wing.
Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has stuck with the same 23 that ended the All Blacks’ chances of claiming the tier one record for most consecutive Test wins. McKenzie is confident Kurtley Beale remains the right choice at first-five against New Zealand so Bernard Foley spends another week on the bench. The tight five have been rewarded for their efforts in the rain but will have to lift to match the expected improvements from their All Blacks opposites. After failing to get across the line the Wallabies face the sizeable task of beating the All Blacks at Eden Park for the first time since 1986 if they are to have a hope of taking the Bledisloe Cup back across the Tasman.
It’s round two of captains Richie McCaw and Michael Hooper going hammer and tongs. Can the Australian scrum stand up for the second week in a row? Will respective fullbacks Israel Folau and Ben Smith be able to make an impact on the game this week? How will the new All Blacks midfield combination of Ryan Crotty and Conrad Smith stand up against Matt Toomua and Adam Ashley-Cooper? Can the Aussies break their Eden Park hoodoo?
New Zealand vs Australia
When: Saturday, August 23 – 7:35pm (NZT)
Where: Eden Park
I can view it on: Sky Sports
All Blacks: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (c), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Wyatt Crockett
Subs: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Steven Luatua, 20 Sam Cane, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Malakai Fekitoa.
Wallabies: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Pat McCabe, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Nic White, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Sam Carter, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 James Slipper.
Subs: 16 James Hanson, 17 Pek Cowan, 18 Ben Alexander, 19 Will Skelton, 20 Scott Higginbotham, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Bernard Foley, 23 Tevita Kuridrani.