New Zealand and Australia will resume their rivalry nine days after their clash in Melbourne ended in controversy. As this year’s Rugby Championship comes to an end, it’s still all to play for, with New Zealand leading South Africa only on points difference. For the All Blacks, they know a convincing win will be needed to put themselves in the best position possible to claim silverware later that evening.
For Australia, they will be playing for revenge, having come so close to defeating their bitter rivals, they will know they are vulnerable, and victory is well within their reach.
Here is all you need to know ahead of New Zealand vs Australia.
When Is New Zealand Vs Australia?
New Zealand vs Australia is this Saturday morning, with kick-off at 8.05am Irish time.
How Can I Watch New Zealand Vs Australia?
New Zealand vs Australia will be shown live on Sky Sports Arena and Sky Sports Main Event, with coverage beginning at 8:00.
After a series defeat at home to Ireland, and further defeats to South Africa and home to Argentina, the All Blacks looked to be in crisis mode, with questions over Ian Foster’s future raised just one year out from the World Cup. However, they have managed to steady the ship to put themselves in contention for silverware this weekend.
For Australia, inconsistency has cost them in this tournament. Impressive performances against South Africa and Argentina, has been followed by poor performances in the return games to put them out of contention for the championship.
Last week’s game is the perfect example. After a strong first half performance when they could’ve been ahead at half time, a poor start to the second half saw them having to chase a 19-point deficit, regardless of the circumstances at the end of the game.
Sam Whitelock captains a much changed All Black side from last week's test, with Scott Barrett, Sam Cane, David Havili and Quinn Tupaea ruled out through injury.
Beauden Barrett and Ardie Savea are back in the starting 15, with Jordie Barrett starting at 12.
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— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) September 21, 2022
For Australia, Cadeyrn Neville and Harry Wilson come back into the side, while Darcy Swain starts his six week suspension for his reckless challenge last week on Tupaea.
— Wallabies (@wallabies) September 22, 2022