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Australia & New Zealand Bledisloe Cup teams 2018

The Wallabies team face up as the All Blacks perform the Haka (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

The New Zealand squad for the third Bledisloe Cup Test against Australia has been announced. The Wallabies are yet to announce their squad.

The match will be played on October 27 in Yokohama, Japan, with the All Blacks having already claimed this year’s trophy.

Bledisloe 3 teams

New Zealand squad for Bledisloe 3, Spring Tour

Forwards
Scott Barrett, Dean Coles, Vaea Fifita, Owen Franks, Nathan Harris, Nepo Laulala, Joe Moody, Dalton Papalii, Kieran Read, Brodie Retallick, Ardie Savea, Liam Squire, Codie Taylor, Matt Todd, Karl Tu’inukuafe, Patrick Tuipulotu, Ofa Tuungafasi, Samuel Whitelock

Backs
Beauden Barrett, Jordie Barrett, Ryan Crotty, Jack Goodhue, Rieko Ioane, Anton Lienert-Brown, Damian McKenzie, Richie Mo’unga, Waisake Naholo, TJ Perenara, Aaron Smith, Ben Smith, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Sonny Bill Williams

The All Blacks have welcomes named one debutant in their squad for the third Test, with Dalton Papalii picked.

New Zealand also have Dean Coles, Joe Moody, Brodie Retallick and Liam Squire to pick from after they overcame injury concerns picked up playing domestic rugby.

Nehe Milner-Skudder has been left out of the squad to take on Australia.

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Australia squad for Bledisloe 3
* denotes uncapped
Forwards
Jermaine Ainsley, Allan Alaalatoa, Rory Arnold, Adam Coleman, Angus Cottrell*, Jack Dempsey, Folau Fainga’a, Ned Hanigan, Jed Holloway*, Michael Hooper (c), Sekope Kepu, Tolu Latu, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, David Pocock, Izack Rodda, Rob Simmons, Scott Sio, Taniela Tupou

Backs
Tom Banks, Kurtley Beale, Israel Folau, Bernard Foley, Will Genia, Jake Gordon*, Dane Haylett-Petty, Reece Hodge, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete, Jack Maddocks, Sefa Naivalu, Nick Phipps

There are three uncapped players in the Australian squad to play Bledisloe 3, with Rebels forward Angus Cottrell and Waratahs duo Jake Gordon and Jed Holloway all a chance to suit up for the Wallabies for the first time in Japan.

Also of note is the inclusion of Jack Dempsey, who’s not been in Australia’s line-up for a year.

Bledisloe 2 teams

Australia Number New Zealand
Scott Sio 1 Joe Moody
Tatafu Polota-Nau 2 Codie Taylor
Allan Alaalatoa 3 Owen Franks
Izack Rodda 4 Brodie Retallick
Adam Coleman 5 Samuel Whitelock
Lukhan Tui 6 Liam Squire
Michael Hooper (c) 7 Sam Cane
David Pocock 8 Kieran Read (c)
Will Genia 9 Aaron Smith
Bernard Foley 10 Beauden Barrett
Marika Koroibete 11 Waisake Naholo
Kurtley Beale 12 Ngani Laumape
Reece Hodge 13 Jack Goodhue
Jack Maddocks 14 Ben Smith
Dane Haylett-Perry 15 Jordie Barrett
Reserves
Folau Fainga’a 16 Nathan Harris
Tom Robertson 17 Karl Tu’inukuafe
Sekope Kepu 18 Ofa Tuungafasi
Rob Simmons 19 Scott Barrett
Pete Samu 20 Ardie Savea
Nick Phipps 21 TJ Perenara
Matt Toomua 22 Damian McKenzie
Tom Banks 23 Anton Leinert-Brown
Michael Cheika Coach Steve Hansen

Wallabies

1. Scott Sio, 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau, 3. Allan Alaalatoa, 4. Izack Rodda, 5. Adam Coleman, 6. Luhkan Tui, 7. Michael Hooper (c), 8. David Pocock, 9. Will Genia, 10. Bernard Foley, 11. Marika Koroibete, 12. Kurtley Beale, 13. Reece Hodge, 14. Jack Maddocks, 15. Dane Haylett-Petty

Reserves: 16. Folau Fainga’a 17. Tom Robertson, 18. Sekope Kepu, 19. Rob Simmons, 20. Pete Samu, 21. Nick Phipps, 22. Matt Toomua, 23. Tom Banks

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In Game 1, Israel Folau injured his ankle and didn’t travel to Auckland with the rest of the squad for Game 2. Further compounding Australia’s injury woes was Taniela Tupou failing to overcome his last-minute hamstring injury, although they did regain Scott Sio at prop.

It was considered likely Folau’s spot for the second Test would be taken by either Jack Maddocks or Tom Banks, but Michael Cheika instead opted to switch Dane Haylett-Petty to fullback and bring Maddocks – who scored on debut in Bledisloe 1 – into the starting XV on the wing.

The Wallabies elected to make another change after failing to control their lineouts and conceding a mountain of scrum penalties during the first game, with Allan Alaalatoa taking Sekope Kepu’s spot in the starting line-up.

All Blacks

1. Joe Moody, 2. Codie Taylor, 3. Owen Franks, 4. Brodie Rettalick, 5. Sam Whitelock, 6. Liam Squire, 7. Sam Cane, 8. Kieran Read (c), 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Beauden Barrett, 11. Waisake Naholo, 12. Ngani Laumape, 13. Jack Goodhue, 14. Ben Smith, 15. Jordie Barrett

Reserves: 16. Nathan Harris, 17. Karl Tu’inukuafe, 18. Ofa Tuungafasi, 19. Scott Barrett, 20. Ardie Savea, 21. TJ Perenara, 22. Damian McKenzie, 23. Anton Lienert-Brown.

The All Blacks aren’t without injury concerns of their own, with both Ryan Crotty (concussion) and Rieko Ioane (hamstring) ruled out of the second Test.

Most people expected All Blacks coach Steve Hansen to swap Anton Lienert-Brown directly for Crotty, but he instead brought Ngani Laumape straight into the starting line-up in a surprise move.

Speculation that Nehe Milner-Skudder would come onto the wing also proved unfounded, with Hansen choosing to give Jordie Barrett a run at fullback and move Ben Smith to the wing.

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Wallabies squad
Forwards: Allan Alaalatoa, Adam Coleman, Ned Hanigan, Michael Hooper (c), Sekope Kepu, Tolu Latu, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, David Pocock, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Tom Robertson, Izack Rodda, Pete Samu, Rob Simmons, Scott Sio, Lukhan Tui, Taniela Tupou.

Backs: Jermaine Ainsley, Tom Banks, Kurtley Beale, Bernard Foley, Will Genia, Dane Haylett-Petty, Reece Hodge, Marika Koroibete, Jack Maddocks, Sefanaia Naivalu, Nick Phipps, Joe Powell, Matt Toomua.

All Blacks squad
Forwards: Dane Coles, Codie Taylor, Nathan Harris, Liam Coltman, Owen Franks, Joe Moody, Tim Perry, Karl Tu’inukuafe, Ofa Tuungafasi, Scott Barrett, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Sam Cane, Jackson Hemopo, Shannon Frizell, Kieran Read (c), Ardie Savea, Liam Squire, Luke Whitelock

Backs: TJ Perenara, Aaron Smith, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Beauden Barrett, Damian McKenzie, Richie Mo’unga, Jack Goodhue, Sonny Bill Williams, Anton Lienert-Brown, Ngani Laumape, Jordie Barrett, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Waisake Naholo, Ben Smith

Bledisloe 1 teams

Australia Number New Zealand
Tom Robertson 1 Joe Moody
Tatafu Polota-Nau 2 Codie Taylor
Sekope Kepu 3 Owen Franks
Izack Rodda 4 Brodie Retallick
Adam Coleman 5 Samuel Whitelock
Lukhan Tui 6 Liam Squire
Michael Hooper (c) 7 Sam Cane
David Pocock 8 Kieran Read (c)
Will Genia 9 Aaron Smith
Bernard Foley 10 Beauden Barrett
Marika Koroibete 11 Rieko Ioane
Kurtley Beale 12 Ryan Crotty
Reece Hodge 13 Jack Goodhue
Dane Haylett-Perry 14 Waisake Naholo
Israel Folau 15 Ben Smith
Reserves
Tolu Latu 16 Nathan Harris
Allan Alaalatoa 17 Karl Tu’inukuafe
Jermaine Ainsley 18 Ofa Tuungafasi
Rob Simmons 19 Scott Barrett
Pete Samu 20 Ardie Savea
Nick Phipps 21 TJ Perenara
Matt Toomua 22 Damian McKenzie
Jack Maddocks 23 Anton Leinert-Brown
Michael Cheika Coach Steve Hansen

Australia

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1. Tom Robertson, 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau, 3. Sekope Kepu, 4. Izack Rodda, 5. Adam Coleman, 6. Luhkan Tui, 7. Michael Hooper (c), 8. David Pocock, 9. Will Genia, 10. Bernard Foley, 11. Marika Koroibete, 12. Kurtley Beale, 13. Reece Hodge, 14. Dane Haylett-Petty, 15. Israel Folau

Reserves: 16. Tolu Latu, 17. Allan Alaalatoa, 18. Jermaine Ainsley, 19. Rob Simmons, 20. Pete Samu, 21. Nick Phipps, 22. Matt Toomua, 23. Jack Maddocks

Update: Taniela Tupou was a late out for the Wallabies, replaced by debutant Jermaine Ainsley after suffering a hamstring injury during the captain’s run.

Australia’s team, while not completely full-strength, was about as expected. Injuries to Scott Sio, Tevita Kuridrani and Samu Kerevi forced Michael Cheika to make some changes, and that’s what he did.

Tom Robertson was the man billed with filling Sio’s boots, while Reece Hodge had the unenviable task of lining up as Australia’s third choice outside centre.

The forced line-up changes meant Jack Maddocks had the chance to make his international debut on the bench, while Matt Toomua also walked straight into the side (albeit, also on the bench) following his return from overseas.

Michael Hooper, while never in serious doubt, officially overcome his hamstring concern to be named. Tatafu Polota-Nau held off Tolu Latu (named on the bench) and Brandon Paenga-Amosa (not named) for the starting hooker spot – despite the latter starting all three Tests against Ireland.

Similarly, Nick Phipps held off the likes of Joe Powell and Jake Gordon in the backup scrumhalf role.

The rest of the backs, however, lined up pretty much as fans predicted.

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New Zealand

1. Joe Moody, 2. Codie Taylor, 3. Owen Franks, 4. Brodie Retallick, 5. Sam Whitelock, 6. Liam Squire, 7. Sam Cane, 8. Kieran Read (c), 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Beauden Barrett, 11. Rieko Ioane, 12. Ryan Crotty, 13. Jack Goodhue, 14. Waisake Naholo, 15. Ben Smith.

Reserves: 16. Nathan Harris, 17. Karl Tu’unikuafe, 18. Ofa Tuungafasi, 19. Scott Barrett, 20. Ardie Savea, 21. TJ Perenara, 22. Damian McKenzie, 23. Anton Lienert-Brown

Despite coach Steve Hansen’s bizarre claim his team was the underdog coming into the first Test, the Kiwi coach named a full strength team.

With Ben Smith at fullback, Beauden Barrett at flyhalf and Kieren Read at No. 8 – it was clear the All Blacks were not messing around one bit as they aimed to take the Bledisloe home for the 16th straight year.

The recall of Dane Coles didn’t create the controversy at hooker that many expected, with Codie Taylor strengthening his grip on the All Blacks’ preferred hooker role.

The only real surprises were Jack Goodhue lining up at outside centre in just his second Test, relegating Anton Lienert-Brown to the bench, and Sonny Bill Williams not being fully recovered from his earlier knee surgery.

Squads

Australia 28-man squad for Bledisloe Cup
Forwards: Allan Alaalatoa, Adam Coleman, Ned Hanigan, Michael Hooper (c), Sekope Kepu, Tolu Latu, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, David Pocock, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Tom Robertson, Izack Rodda, Pete Samu, Rob Simmons, Scott Sio, Lukhan Tui, Taniela Tupou.

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Backs: Tom Banks, Kurtley Beale, Israel Folau, Bernard Foley, Will Genia, Dane Haylett-Petty, Reece Hodge, Marika Koroibete, Jack Maddocks, Nick Phipps, Joe Powell, Matt Toomua.

New Zealand 33-man squad for Bledisloe Cup
Forwards: Dane Coles, Codie Taylor, Nathan Harris, Liam Coltman, Owen Franks, Joe Moody, Tim Perry, Karl Tu’inukuafe, Ofa Tuungafasi, Scott Barrett, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Sam Cane, Jackson Hemopo, Shannon Frizell, Kieran Read (c), Ardie Savea, Liam Squire, Luke Whitelock

Backs: TJ Perenara, Aaron Smith, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Beauden Barrett, Damian McKenzie, Richie Mo’unga, Ryan Crotty, Jack Goodhue, Sonny Bill Williams, Anton Lienert-Brown, Ngani Laumape, Jordie Barrett, Rieko Ioane, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Waisake Naholo, Ben Smith

Aaron Smith Ben Smith

All Blacks Aaron and Ben Smith. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

2017 Bledisloe Cup teams

Teams for Bledisloe 3

Australia prevented a 3-0 sweep with a 23-18 win in the third Test. The teams that took to the field are as below.

Australia New Zealand
Scott Sio (38 Tests) 1 Kane Hames (5)
Tatafu Polota-Nau (77 Tests) 2 Dane Coles (54)
Sekope Kepu (86 Tests) 3 Nepo Laulala (9)
Rob Simmons (77 Tests) 4 Samuel Whitelock (92)
Adam Coleman (17 Tests) 5 Scott Barrett (13)
Jack Dempsey (5 Tests) 6 Liam Squire (12)
Michael Hooper (c) (74 Tests) 7 Sam Cane (49)
Sean McMahon (21 Tests) 8 Kieran Read (106) – Captain
Will Genia (vc) (84 Tests) 9 Aaron Smith (67)
Bernard Foley (vc) (51 Tests) 10 Lima Sopoaga (12)
Reece Hodge (19 Tests) 11 Rieko Ioane (9)
Kurtley Beale (66 Tests) 12 Sonny Bill Williams (42)
Tevita Kuridrani (53 Tests) 13 Ryan Crotty (31)
Marika Koroibete (3 Tests) 14 Waisake Naholo (14)
Israel Folau (61 Tests) 15 Damian McKenzie (8)
Reserves
Stephen Moore (124 Tests) 16 Codie Taylor (25)
Tom Robertson (14 Tests) 17 Wyatt Crockett (67)
Allan Alaalatoa (18 Tests) 18 Ofa Tu’ungafasi (10)
Lukhan Tui (2 Tests) 19 Patrick Tuipulotu (14)
Ned Hanigan (8 Tests) 20 Matt Todd (10)
Nick Phipps (57 Tests) 21 TJ Perenara (38)
Samu Kerevi (13 Tests) 22 Anton Lienert-Brown (18)
Henry Speight (17 Tests) 23 David Havili (2)
Michael Cheika Coach Steve Hansen
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Teams for Bledisloe 2

The All Blacks won the second Test 35-29, despite the Wallabies leading for much of the night. The teams that took to the field are as below.

Australia New Zealand
Scott Sio 1 Joe Moody
Stephen Moore 2 Dane Coles
Allan Alaalatoa 3 Nepo Laulala
Rob Simmons 4 Brodie Retallick
Rory Arnold 5 Samuel Whitelock
Ned Hanigan 6 Liam Squire
Michael Hooper (c) 7 Sam Cane
Sean McMahon 8 Kieran Read (c)
Will Genia 9 Aaron Smith
Bernard Foley 10 Beauden Barrett
Henry Speight 11 Rieko Ioane
Kurtley Beale 12 Sonny Bill Williams
Tevita Kuridrani 13 Ryan Crotty
Dane Haylett-Perry 14 Ben Smith
Israel Folau 15 Damian McKenzie
Tatafu Polota-Nau 16 Codie Taylor
Tom Robertson 17 Kane Hames
Sekope Kepu 18 Ofa Tu’ungafasi
Izack Rodda 19 Scott Barrett
Lopeti Timani 20 Ardie Savea
Nick Phipps 21 TJ Perenara
Reece Hodge 22 Lima Sopoaga
Curtis Rona 23 Anton Lienert-Brown
Michael Cheika Coach Steve Hansen

Teams for Bledisloe 1

The Wallabies were defeated 34-54 at ANZ Stadium, Sydney, in the first Bledisloe Test on Saturday August 19. The teams that took to the field are as below.

Australia New Zealand
Scott Sio 1 Joe Moody
Stephen Moore 2 Codie Taylor
Allan Alaalatoa 3 Owen Franks
Rory Arnold 4 Brodie Retallick
Adam Coleman 5 Samuel Whitelock
Ned Hanigan 6 Liam Squire
Michael Hooper (c) 7 Sam Cane
Sean McMahon 8 Kieran Read (c)
Will Genia 9 Aaron Smith
Bernard Foley 10 Beauden Barrett
Curtis Rona 11 Rieko Ioane
Kurtley Beale 12 Sonny Bill Williams
Samu Kerevi 13 Ryan Crotty
Henry Speight 14 Ben Smith
Israel Folau 15 Damian McKenzie
Tatafu Polota-Nau 16 Nathan Harris
Tom Robertson 17 Wyatt Crockett
Sekope Kepu 18 Ofa Tu’ungafasi
Rob Simmons 19 Luke Romano
Lopeti Timani 20 Ardie Savea
Nick Phipps 21 TJ Perenara
Reece Hodge 22 Lima Sopoaga
Tevita Kuridrani 23 Anton Lienert-Brown
Michael Cheika Coach Steve Hansen
Beauden Barrett All Blacks New Zealand Rugby Union 2017

(AAP Image/SNPA, Dianne Manson)