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Australia & New Zealand Bledisloe Cup teams 2021

Beauden Barrett of the All Blacks is tackled by Michael Hooper of the Wallabies. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

The 2021 Bledisloe Cup teams for both Australia and New Zealand are yet to be announced.

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Bledisloe 2020 teams

Australia and New Zealand named their teams for the 2020 Bledisloe Cup, with matchday squads for Bledisloe 4 selected by each side. The Wallabies won the match 24-22.

Both the Wallabies and All Blacks made a massive number of changes for the match, with a combined seven debutants selected. Dave Rennie made six changes to his starting XV alone, while Ian Foster made ten from the team which won Game 3 in Sydney.

Bledisloe 4

Australia Number New Zealand
James Slipper 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe
Brandon Paenga-Amosa 2 Codie Taylor
Allan Alaalatoa 3 Ofa Tuungafasi
Rob Simmons 4 Scott Barrett
Matt Philip 5 Samuel Whitelock
Lachlan Swinton 6 Akira Ioane
Michael Hooper (c) 7 Sam Cane (c)
Harry Wilson 8 Ardie Savea
Nic White 9 TJ Perenara
Reece Hodge 10 Beauden Barrett
Marika Koroibete 11 Rieko Ioane
Hunter Paisami 12 Ngani Laumape
Jordan Petaia 13 Anton Lienert-Brown
Tom Wright 14 Sevu Reece
Tom Banks 15 Jordie Barrett
Bench
Folau Fainga’a 16 Asafo Aumua
Angus Bell 17 Alex Hodgman
Taniela Tupou 18 Tyrel Lomax
Ned Hanigan 19 Patrick Tuipulotu
Liam Wright 20 Cullen Grace
Tate McDermott 21 Brad Weber
Noah Lolesio 22 Damian McKenzie
Filipo Daugunu 23 Will Jordan

Bledisloe 3

Australia Number New Zealand
James Slipper 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe
Brandon Paenga-Amosa 2 Dane Coles
Allan Alaalatoa 3 Ofa Tuungafasi
Lukhan Salakaia-Loto 4 Patrick Tuipulotu
Matt Philip 5 Samuel Whitelock
Ned Hanigan 6 Shannon Frizell
Michael Hooper (c) 7 Sam Cane (c)
Harry Wilson 8 Hoskins Sotutu
Nic White 9 Aaron Smith
Noah Lolesio 10 Richie Mo’unga
Marika Koroibete 11 Caleb Clarke
Irae Simone 12 Jack Goodhue
Jordan Petaia 13 Anton Lienert-Brown
Filipo Daugunu 14 Jordie Barrett
Dane Haylett-Petty 15 Beauden Barrett
Reserves
Jordan Uelese 16 Codie Taylor
Scott Sio 17 Alex Hodgman
Taniela Tupou 18 Tyrel Lomax
Rob Simmons 19 Scott Barrett
Fraser McReight 20 Dalton Papalii
Tate McDermott 21 TJ Perenara
Reece Hodge 22 Ngani Laumape
Hunter Paisami 23 Rieko Ioane
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Both teams made a number of changes to their sides for Bledisloe 3, many of them forced.

With Matt To’omua (groin/adductor) and James O’Connor (knee) both out, the Wallabies brought in uncapped duo Noah Lolesio and Irae Simone to run the side at flyhalf and inside centre. Jordan Petaia and Allan Alaalatoa were both promoted from the bench into the run-on team for Hunter Paisami and Taniela Tupou respectively, and Dane Haylett-Petty replaces Tom Banks at fullback.

There are two more debutants on the bench as well: Reds teammates Fraser McReight and Tate McDermott both were named for their first Test appearances.

New Zealand were unable to pick three of their players from Game 2: Joe Moody (injury: concussion), and Ardie Savea and Nepo Laulala (both paternity leave).

Karl Tu’inukuafe takes Moody’s place in the starting front row, Hoskins Sotutu moves from the bench to number eight to cover Savea, with Dalton Papalii coming onto the bench, and Tyrel Lomax replaces Laulala as backup prop.

In other changes to the side, Sam Whitelock returns from concussion in place of Tupou Vaa’i, Reiko Ioane replaces Damian McKenzie in the no.23 jersey and Ngani Laumape comes onto the bench for Peter Umaga-Jensen.

Bledisloe 2

New Zealand Number Australia
Joe Moody 1. James Slipper
Dane Coles 2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa
Ofa Tuungafasi 3. Taniela Tupou
Patrick Tuipulotu 4. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto
Tupou Vaa’i 5. Matt Philip
Shannon Frizell 6. Ned Hanigan
Sam Cane (c) 7. Michael Hooper (c)
Ardie Savea 8. Harry Wilson
Aaron Smith 9. Nic White
Richie Mo’unga 10. James O’Connor
Caleb Clarke 11. Marika Koroibete
Jack Goodhue 12. Matt To’omua
Anton Lienert-Brown 13. Hunter Paisami
Jordie Barrett 14. Filipo Daugunu
Beauden Barrett 15. Tom Banks
Reserves
Codie Taylor 16. Jordan Uelese
Alex Hodgman 17. Scott Sio
Nepo Laulala 18. Allan Alaalaota
Scott Barrett 19. Rob Simmons
Hoskins Sotutu 20. Liam Wright
TJ Perenara 21. Jake Gordon
Peter Umaga-Jensen 22. Jordan Petaia
Damian McKenzie 23. Reece Hodge
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Dave Rennie made the surprising decision to change four players in the Wallabies team for Bledisloe 2. Ned Hanigan was the most eye-raising selection, coming straight into the back row for Pete Samu, but the blindside flanker was one of Australia’s best. The same happened to Bledisloe 1 starter Folau Fainga’a, who was replaced by Brandon Paenga-Amosa.

The starting backine remained completely unchanged, but there were two further alterations to the bench. Liam Wright replaced Rob Valetini as the backup loose forward, and Jordan Petaia made his return from injury in Noah Lolesio’s place.

The All Blacks were expected to make a number of changes to their side after the Game 1 draw, and Ian Foster and his fellow selectors delivered just that.

Beauden Barrett returned from injury at fullback, pushing Damian McKenzie to the bench and keeping Jordie Barrett on the wing. Caleb Clarke started out wide on the other side in place of the injured George Bridge, while fellow one-cap player Tupou Vaa’i came into the second row for Sam Whitelock. Scott Barrett took the vacant lock’s spot on the bench.

Foster also made two direct starter/reserve swaps: Reiko Ioane and Codie Taylor moving to the bench for Anton Lienert-Brown and Dane Coles respectively, although Ioane was later ruled out with a hamstring strain and replaced by Peter Umaga-Jensen. The backup props were also changed, with Alex Hodgman making his debut in place of Karl Tu’inukuafe and Nepo Laulala coming in for Tyrel Lomax.

Bledisloe 1

New Zealand Number Australia
Joe Moody 1. James Slipper
Codie Taylor 2. Folau Fainga’a
Ofa Tuungafasi 3. Taniela Tupou
Patrick Tuipulotu 4. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto
Samuel Whitelock 5. Matt Philip
Shannon Frizell 6. Harry Wilson
Sam Cane (c) 7. Michael Hooper (c)
Ardie Savea 8. Pete Samu
Aaron Smith 9. Nic White
Richie Mo’unga 10. James O’Connor
George Bridge 11. Marika Koroibete
Jack Goodhue 12. Matt To’omua
Rieko Ioane 13. Hunter Paisami
Jordie Barrett 14. Filipo Daugunu
Damian McKenzie 15. Tom Banks
Reserves
Dane Coles 16. Jordan Uelese
Karl Tu’inukuafe 17. Scott Sio
Tyrel Lomax 18. Allan Alaalatoa
Tupou Vaa’i 19. Rob Simmons
Hoskins Sotutu 20. Rob Valetini
TJ Perenara 21. Jake Gordon
Anton Lienert-Brown 22. Noah Lolesio
Caleb Clarke 23. Reece Hodge

There was a clear focus on starting a new era under Dave Rennie in the new coach’s first team of his Wallabies tenure. With three debutants in the starting XV and one on the bench, and the selection of a number of in-form players who received scant gametime in previous years, it was very much a new-look side.

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Folau Fainga’a started at hooker with Brumbies teammate James Slipper at loosehead prop and the barnstorming Taniela Tupou at tighthead. Matt Philip and Lukhan Salakai-Loto were the locks, with Harry Wilson, captain Michael Hooper, and Pete Samu getting the nod at six, seven and eight respectively.

In the backs, Nic White and James O’Connor made for an experienced halves pairing, and Matt To’omua added a further veteran presence at inside centre. There was a debutant at outside centre, though, Hunter Paisami taking the no.13 jersey with Jordan Petaia unavailable through injury.

Filipo Daugunu was the last of the debutants, the Queensland Red to starting on the wing opposite Marika Koroibete. Tom Banks rounded out the starting side at fullback.

The All Blacks went with a slightly different side to the one which ran out in last year’s World Cup semi-final loss to England, but new coach Ian Foster still had a far more settled team at his disposal than Australia.

Beauden Barrett was initially picked at fullback with Richie Mo’unga handed the no.10 jersey and Jordie Barrett selected on the wing alongside George Bridge, however the two-time World Rugby Player of the Year was ruled out the on matchday eve with an achilles injury. Damian McKenzie took his place in the XV at the back.

Reiko Ioane came into midfield at outside centre, pushing Jack Goodhue into no.12, while Patrick Tuipuloto took Brodie Retallick’s vacant spot in the second row to partner Sam Whitelock.

Shannon Frizell joined an imposing back row alongside captain Sam Cane and number eight Ardie Savea, while the front row of Joe Moody, Codie Taylor and Ofa Tuungafasi made for an experienced trio.

All three of the All Blacks’ debutants – Tupou Vaa’i, Hoskins Sotutu and Caleb Clarke – started on the bench.

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2020 Bledisloe Cup squads

Australia New Zealand
Hookers
Folau Fainga’a Asafo Aumua
Tom Horton Dane Coles
Brandon Paenga-Amosa Codie Taylor
Jordan Uelese
Connal McInerney
Props
Jermaine Ainsley Alex Hodgman
Allan Alaalatoa Nepo Laulala
Angus Bell Tyrel Lomax
Pone Fa’amausili Joe Moody
Harry Johnson-Holmes Karl Tu’inukuafe
Scott Sio Ofa Tuungafasi
James Slipper
Taniela Tupou
Locks
Ned Hanigan Quinten Strange
Trevor Hosea Patrick Tuipulotu
Matt Philip Tupou Vaa’i
Lukhan Salakaia-Loto Samuel Whitelock
Rob Simmons
Loose forwards
Michael Hooper (c) Sam Cane (c)
Fraser McReight Shannon Frizell
Pete Samu Cullen Grace
Lachie Swinton Akira Ioane
Rob Valetini Dalton Papalii
Harry Wilson Ardie Savea
Liam Wright Hoskins Sotutu
Isi Naisarani
Scrumhalves
Jake Gordon TJ Perenara
Tate McDermott Aaron Smith
Joe Powell Brad Weber
Nic White
Flyhalves
Will Harrison Beauden Barrett
Noah Lolesio Richie Mo’unga
Matt To’omua
Centres
Reece Hodge Jack Goodhue
Len Ikitau Rieko Ioane
James O’Connor Ngani Laumape
Hunter Paisami Anton Lienert-Brown
Jordan Petaia Ngani Laumape
Irae Simone Peter Umaga-Jensen
Outside backs
Tom Banks Jordie Barrett
Filipo Daugunu George Bridge
Dane Haylett-Petty Caleb Clarke
Marika Korobiete Will Jordan
Jack Maddocks Damian McKenzie
James Ramm Sevu Reece
Tom Wright

Wallabies Bledisloe Cup squad

New Wallabies coach Dave Rennie named a side with a clear focus on youth. Of the 46 players, just six are aged 30 or more, and there were 17 potential debutants in the squad.

Many of those are graduates from the 2019 Junior Wallabies, like Will Harrison, Fraser McReight, Harry Wilson and Noah Lolesio, while Tom Wright, Tate McDermott, Pone Fa’amausili and Irae Simone are some of the other uncapped players. Brumbies centre Len Ikitau is the major bolter in the side.

The omission of Ikitau’s ACT teammate Tevita Kuridrani was one of the main surprises in the squad announcement. While the veteran outside centre was not at his best in Super Rugby AU, his experience – particularly on defence – may have proved valuable for a young side.

Back-rower Isi Naisarani was another notable absentee, the Rebels number eight told to work on his fitness despite strong form at domestic level, and fellow World Cup squad member Jack Dempsey was also left out. However, Naisarani and hooker Connal McInerney were both later added to the squad.

Rennie retained incumbent skipper Michael Hooper as his captain for the 2020 international season.

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Michael Hooper

Michael Hooper. (Speed Media/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

All Blacks Bledisloe Cup squad

There might only have been 35 players initially named in the New Zealand squad for this year’s Tests, but there’s no shortage of quality amongst the group.

The side is the first of coach Ian Foster’s tenure, as it is for new captain Sam Cane, who is one of seven loose forwards selected.

That battle for back-row spots will be one of the tightest, with Shannon Frizell, Cullen Grace, Akira Ioane, Dalton Papalii, Ardie Savea and Hoskins Sotutu all vying to fill the remaining two positions at number eight and blindside flanker, assuming skipper Cane starts at openside flanker. So deep are the All Blacks’ flanker stocks that impressive Chiefs breakaway Lachlan Boshier missed out on the squad entirely.

Beauden Barrett has been named as a flyhalf option despite playing fullback at last year’s World Cup, setting up a mouthwatering tussle with Richie Mo’unga for the no.10 jersey.

The outside backs cohort is stacked full of talent, with fullbacks Jordie Barrett and Damien McKenzie joined by wingers George Bridge, Sevu Reece, Caleb Clarke and utility Will Jordan.

Reiko Ioane, who has played all of his Tests to date out wide, has been named as one of four centres alongside Anton Lienert-Brown, Jack Goodhue and Ngani Laumape – the latter of whom earned a late call-up after Brayden Ennor failed to overcome his injury in time. Regular halfbacks Aaron Smith and TJ Perenara are supported by Chiefs no.9 Brad Weber.

There’s a lack of depth at lock, with only four second-rowers named. Sam Whitelock and Patrick Tuipulotu are comfortably the most seasoned of the group, with the inexperienced Quinten Strange and Tupou Vaa’i making up the quartet. Brodie Retallick, arguably the finest player in the position on the planet, is unavailable for selection having taken a year off from New Zealand rugby following the World Cup.

In the front row, experienced hookers Dane Coles and Codie Taylor are joined by Asafo Aumua, and the props are Alex Hodgman, Tyrel Lomax, Joe Moody, Karl Tu’inukuafe and Ofa Tuungafasi.

Beauden Barrett

Beauden Barrett. (Phil Walter/Getty Images)

2019 Bledisloe Cup teams
New Zealand retained the Bledisloe Cup after a 36-0 win over Australia in Game 2 saw the series tied. Given the All Blacks were the holders of the trophy, they retained it. Here are the teams that took to the field for that deciding second Test.

2019 Game 2 teams

New Zealand Number Australia
Joe Moody 1 Scott Sio
Dane Coles 2 Tolu Latu
Nepo Laulala 3 Allan Alaalatoa
Patrick Tuipulotu 4 Izack Rodda
Sam Whitelock 5 Adam Coleman
Ardie Savea 6 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto
Sam Cane 7 Michael Hooper (c)
Kieran Read (c) 8 Isi Naisarani
Aaron Smith 9 Nic White
Rchie Mo’unga 10 Christian Lealiifano
George Bridge 11 Marika Koroibete
Sonny Bill Williams 12 Samu Kerevi
Anton Lienert-Brown 13 James O’Connor
Sevu Reece 14 Reece Hodge
Beauden Barrett 15 Kurtley Beale
Reserves
Codie Taylor 16 Folau Fainga’a
Ofa Tu’ungafasi 17 James Slipper
Anugs Ta’avao 18 Taniela Tupou
Jackson Hemopo 19 Rob Simmons
Matt Todd 20 Liam Wright
TJ Perenara 21 Will Genia
Ngani Laumape 22 Matt To’omua
Jordie Barrett 23 Adam Ashley-Cooper

Game 2 team news

All Blacks
The All Blacks have stunned rugby analysts after dropping three players following a shock 47-26 loss to the Wallabies in Perth.

New Zealand were expected to make two forced changes following their upset Game 1 loss, with Jack Goodhue injuring his hamstring and Scott Barrett suspended after his red card. But Hansen has gone much further, dropping wingers Ben Smith and Rieko Ioane, as well as forward Owen Franks as his side looks to rebound in Auckland.

Sevu Reece and George Bridges get the starting wing jobs for the series decider, while Nepo Laulala will take Franks’ tighthead prop spot. Sonny Bill Williams is the replacement for Goodhue, lining up at inside centre and shifting Anton Lienert-Brown to No.13.

Patrick Tuipuloto has the unenviable task of filling Scott Barrett’s shoes at lock.

Wallabies
Australia have made just the one change to the staring XV – forced by injury – with Rory Arnold dropping out due to a hand issue and Adam Coleman taking his spot.

They’ve made another three changes to the bench, however. Rob Simmons takes Coleman’s place on the bench, Adam Ashley-Cooper makes a surprise return to the interchange at the expense of Tom Banks, while uncapped Liam Wright replaces Luke Jones.

2019 Game 1 teams

Australia Number New Zealand
Scott Sio 1 Joe Moody
Tolu Latu 2 Dane Coles
Alllan Alaalatoa 3 Owen Franks
Izack Rodda 4 Scott Barrett
Rory Arnold 5 Sam Whitelock
Lukhan Salakaia-Loto 6 Ardie Savea
Michael Hooper (c) 7 Sam Cane
Isi Naisarani 8 Kieran Read (c)
Nic White 9 Aaron Smith
Christian Lealiifano 10 Richie Mo’unga
Marika Koroibete 11 Rieko Ioane
Samu Kerevi 12 Anton Lienert-Brown
James O’Connor 13 Jack Goodhue
Reece Hodge 14 Ben Smith
Kurtley Beale 15 Beauden Barrett
Reserves
Folau Fainga’a 16 Codie Taylor
James Slipper 17 Atu Moli
Taniela Tupou 18 Angus Ta’avao
Adam Coleman 19 Patrick Tuipulotu
Luke Jones 20 Matt Todd
Will Genia 21 TJ Perenara
Matt To’omua 22 Ngani Laumape
Tom Banks 23 George Bridge

Australia
Australia have tried to put their best foot forward for the crunch match with their arch-rivals.

The biggest surprise is the inclusion of James O’Connor as the starting outside centre, while Tolu Latu has surprisingly been handed the starting hooker role.

The other two changes to starting XV include Allan Alaalatoa playing his first Test of the year at tighthead prop, while Nic White will join Christian Lealiifano in the halves.

Folau Fainga’a and Will Genia have been shifted to the bench, while Sekope Kepu and Tevita Kuridrani miss out altogether.

New Zealand
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has rung the changes on his starting lineup after the heavy tournament favourites were held to a dramatic 16-all draw against the Springboks at home.

In the forwards, Dane Coles has been swapped in for Codie Taylor at hooker who moves to the bench, while Scott Barrett comes into the second row in place of the injured Brodie Retallick who has been ruled out.

Ardie Savea has been named at No. 6 in a star-studded back row, partnering Sam Cane on the other flank and skipper Kieran Read at Number 8.

Hansen has also made a straight swap at halfback, bringing Aaron Smith off the bench to start at scrumhalf at the expense of TJ Perenara who moves into the reserves.

The only other change in the backline sees Chiefs outside back Anton Lienert-Brown come into the starting 15 at inside centre in place of Sonny Bill Williams.

2019 Bledisloe Cup Squads

Australia

Forwards Backs
Allan Alaalatoa Adam Ashley-Cooper
Rory Arnold Tom Banks
Adam Coleman Kurtley Beale
Folau Fainga’a Bernard Foley
Michael Hooper (c) Will Genia
Luke Jones Dane Haylett-Petty
Sekope Kepu Reece Hodge
Tolu Latu Samu Kerevi
Isi Naisarani Marika Koroibete
David Pocock Tevita Kuridrani
Tatafu Polota-Nau Christian Lealiifano
Izack Rodda James O’Connor
Rob Simmons Jordan Petaia
Lukhan Salakaia-Loto Joe Powell
Scott Sio Matt To’omua
James Slipper Nic White
Taniela Tupou
Jordan Uelese
Rob Valetini
Liam Wright

After a mixed start to the 2019 Rugby Championship for the Wallabies, trading a win and a loss with Argentina and South Africa respectively, coach Michael Cheika has gone back to the drawing board for the first of just two Bledisloe Cup Tests this year before the World Cup.

Reds teenager Jordan Petaia is hoping to finally make his Wallaby debut, having been named in the squad on return from injury.

Veterans David Pocock and Tatafu Polota-Nau have both been brought into the squad as well despite recovering from injury, with Pocock still in doubt to pass fitness in time for the game in Perth.

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