Published: Sun, October 18, 2020
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Ioane dropped as All Blacks make changes

Ioane dropped as All Blacks make changes

The bench also features Alex Hodgman, who could make his Test debut for the All Blacks.

Last year, the All Blacks rebounded from a 46-27 loss to the Wallabies in Perth to trounce them 36-0 at Eden Park and retain the Bledisloe Cup.

Among five changes, Foster included blockbusting wing Caleb Clarke and moved no-nonsense hooker Dane Cole into the front row, while Beauden Barrett returns from injury to take over the fullback role.

Meanwhile, Rieko Ioane drops to the bench with Lienert-Brown elevated into a starting role at outside centre.

Brandon Paenga-Amosa replaces Folau Fainga'a at hooker in the other change to the starting XV, while Queensland pair Liam Wright and Jordan Petaia have been selected on the reserves bench.

More than 46,000 fans were present to watch New Zealand defeat Australia

"He's a really good leader and lineout forward and we think all those elements are important this week", Rennie said of Hanigan, who has played 20 Tests for the Wallabies.

"It was our first test together last weekend and while there were some aspects of our game that we were pretty excited about, especially around our set piece, we didn't get the performance that we wanted, so there has been plenty for us to work on".

After an enthralling draw in the series opener in Wellington last weekend, the Bledisloe Cup now heads to Auckland for a mouth-watering game two. It's the last test at home for us so there will also be massive excitement amongst our fans.

On the selection of Vaa'i and Hodgman, Foster said: "It's a great opportunity for Tupou. What we'll all expect is the All Blacks to come out fast and furious and smash the Wallabies like they did a year ago". "He's mobile and he's been making big strides in his scrummaging, so it's a big opportunity for him in his first test". Facing them now is an All Blacks side who will be desperate to respond, and who are back at their fortress, where they haven't lost for 43 tests, and where the Wallabies haven't rolled them since 1986.If the weather plays ball, expect conditions to not be so much of a leveller this time out. New Zealand has won 115 of those matches, Australia 44 with eight draws.

Cane added that last week's result did not increase the pressure on the team, who have held the symbol of trans-Tasman supremacy since 2003.


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