The teams are in and kick-off is only 1 sleep away! You can feel the rivalry brewing in the air and sense the passionate desire of the Wallabies to bring the Bledisloe Cup back across the Tasman. But the All Blacks won’t be letting it go cheap.
Dave Rennie’s first Wallabies team is exciting but also intriguing. Michael Hooper will lead the side for his 100th Test match.
Three Debutants have been named in the starting team in Harry Wilson, Filipo Daugunu and Hunter Paisami rewarding them for their eye-catching form throughout Super Rugby AU. Brumbies Young gun Noah Lolesio is a potential fourth debutant to come off the bench after Rennie has opted for experience with James O’Connor at Fly-Half and Matt Toomua at Inside Centre.
What about last year's win in Perth!?
The explosive power of Taniela Tupou has been selected over Brumbies captain Alan Alaalatoa. Interesting selections of Rob Valetini and Jake Gordon leave Reds Captain Liam Wright and exciting uncapped duo Tate McDermott and Fraser McReight unlucky to have not made the 23 after each having an outstanding season in Super Rugby.
Despite this Rennie has picked a strong side on form with quality players littered throughout who will certainly challenge the All Blacks in Wellington.
And then there's the All Blacks, let's have a look.
Ian Foster’s first All Blacks side is complete with experience and world class players. Led under Sam Cane the likes of Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith and Ardie Savea will bolster a confident All Blacks side which will prove difficult to beat.
The addition of exciting debutants Caleb Clarke and Hoskins Sotutu whose fathers played for New Zealand and Fiji respectively will be sure to bring exhilaration to the game from the bench.
I’m going to reserve judgement on who wins this one. Let's hope this new wallabies side can get the job done. If they can I’m sure, it will be the smallest of margins.
Get behind the Wallabies!
Kick-off is 2pm (AEDT) from Wellington.
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