Wallabies and All Blacks made few modifications in the first match of Rugby Championship

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Wallabies and All Blacks made few modifications

Wallabies and All Blacks made few modifications in the first match of Rugby Championship

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 New Zealand coach Ian Foster realigned his defense and brought Will Jordan to the right-wing. This was the only personnel change in his starting lineup for the opener of the Rugby Championship against Australia at Eden Park on Saturday.


The prolific try-scorer missed last week's 33-25 victory over the Wallabies with a hamstring strain. His return means Sevu Reece will turn to the left, and Rieko Ioane will return to the center.
 
 Midfielder Anton Lienert-Brown withdrew from the Matchday lineup, and TJ Perenara came on as a substitute for Brad Weber. This was the only change to replace the backs for the second time in two consecutive Tests held at Eden Park in Auckland. 


 The opening forward lineup remained unchanged from last week's game. The hooker Samisoni Taukei'aho remained on the bench after being called to replace Dane Coles with calf problems last week.


 Last week due to illness Lock Scott Barrett retired, but he was appointed to the bench, along with his brothers Beauden and Jordie, the latter will provide the guard cover.


 The competition gets double as the Bledisloe Cup series second test also happens on the same day. Australia needs to defeat the All Blacks in Eden Park in the 35-year victory drought to maintain their hope of winning the symbol of trans-Tasman supremacy.


All Blacks coach Foster said in a statement, We are all happy to be back at Eden Park for the second Bledisloe Cup test.


"We know Australia will be upset with the results of last week's game, but they will improve. This is a life and death game for them."


New Zealand: Ardie Savea, Dalton Papalii, Akira Ioane, Sam Whitelock (c), Brodie Retallick, Nepo Laulala, Codie Taylor, George Bower, Aaron Smith, Richie Mo'unga, Sevu Reece, David Havili, Rieko Ioane, Will Jordan, Damien McKenzie.


Replacements: Jordie Barrett, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara, Luke Jacobson, Scott Barrett, Angus Ta'avao, Karl Tu'inukuafe, Samisoni Taukei'aho.


Australia: Rob Valetini, Michael Hooper (c), Lachie Swinton, Matt Philip, Darcy Swain, Allan Alaalatoa, Brandon Paenga Amosa, James Slipper, Tate McDermott, Noah Lolesio, Marika Koroibete, Matt To'omua, Hunter Paisami, Andrew Kellaway, Tom Banks.


Replacements: Reece Hodge, Len Ikitau, Nic White, Harry Wilson, Lukhan Salakaia Loto, Taniela Tupou, Scott Sio, Jordan Uelese.

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