Live updates: Rugby Championship - All Blacks v Wallabies from Melbourne

  • 29/07/2023

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Kia ora, good evening, and welcome to live coverage of the first Bledisloe Cup clash of 2023, with the All Blacks and Wallabies to square off at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

These two sides could not have had more contrasting starts to their years. 

Ian Foster's All Blacks are currently two from two, and have comfortably beaten both Argentina and South Africa, firing warning shots in a Rugby World Cup year for good measure.

Eddie Jones' Australia meanwhile, makes for different reading altogether.

After a first-up loss to a weakened Springboks side, the Wallabies fell to a last-gasp defeat to Argentina two weeks ago, and are yet to taste victory in Jones' second stint in charge.

But if there's one coach to upset the apple cart against the All Blacks, it's Eddie Jones - who has made no secret his desire to get a result here tonight.

As the All Blacks look to build towards France, Foster has kept the faith with the side that beat South Africa, with the only change being captain Sam Cane's omission as precaution due to a neck injury.

Ardie Savea will captain the All Blacks in Cane's absence, while Dalton Papali'i starts at No.7 as the only change to the starting side.

On the bench, keep an eye out for Hurricanes halfback Cam Roigard, in line to become All Black No.1210 should he take the field for Aaron Smith.

Victory tonight would see the All Blacks not only secure a Rugby Championship clean sweep, but also lock away the Bledisloe Cup for another year.

The Wallabies meanwhile have backed the pair of Tate McDermott and Carter Gordon at halfback and first-five respectively, in their quest to win back the Bledisloe Cup for the first time since 2002.

TAB odds: All Blacks $1.14, Wallabies $5.50, draw $26


All Blacks: 1-Ethan de Groot, 2-Codie Taylor, 3-Tyrel Lomax, 4-Brodie Retallick, 5-Scott Barrett, 6-Shannon Frizell, 7-Dalton Papali'i, 8-Ardie Savea (c), 9-Aaron Smith, 10-Richie Mo'unga, 11-Mark Telea, 12-Jordie Barrett, 13-Rieko Ioane, 14-Will Jordan, 15-Beauden Barrett

Reserves: 16-Samisoni Taukei'aho, 17-Ofa Tuungafasi, 18-Nepo Laulala, 19-Sam Whitelock, 20-Luke Jacobson, 21-Cam Roigard, 22-Anton Lienert-Brown, 23-Caleb Clarke

Australia: 1-Angus Bell, 2-David Porecki, 3-Allan Alaalatoa (captain), 4-Nick Frost, 5-Will Skelton, 6-Jed Holloway, 7-Tom Hooper, 8-Rob Valetini, 9-Tate McDermott, 10-Carter Gordon, 11-Marika Koroibete, 12-Samu Kerev, 13-Jordan Petaiai, 14-Mark Nawaqanitawase, 15-Andrew Kellaway

Replacements: 16-Jordan Uelese, 17-James Slipper , 18-Taniela Tupou, 19-Richie Arnold, 20-Rob Leota, 21-Nic White, 22-Quade Cooper, 23-Izaia Perese