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Australia And New Zealand Name Sides For Second Bledisloe Cup Clash

Australia v New Zealand

The Wallabies will be looking to restore some pride this weekend.

As was widely reported yesterday, Michael Cheika has selected Quade Cooper to start against the All Blacks after the Wallabies were thumped 42-8 last weekend.

Although many anticipated Cooper staring at inside centre, he has been handed the number 10 jersey with Bernard Foley playing alongside at 12.

Nevertheless, Cooper’s selection as the Wallabies’ chief playmaker will see the mercurial fly half once again link up with Will Genia at scrum half, a partnership that proved fruitful in the past.

After their line out fell asunder last week, Michael Cheika has replaced Rob Simmons with Adam Coleman in the second row, with Kane Douglas completing the combination. Tevita Kuridrani’s poor performance against the All Blacks also see him lose out, with Samu Kerevi replacing the Brumbies centre at 13.

Meanwhile, after an impressive season with the Chiefs, Steve Hansen has handed Anton Lienert-Brown his debut at inside centre for the All Blacks, replacing the injured Ryan Crotty. Elsewhere, Joe Moody comes in at loosehead, while Julian Savea is also recalled despite his inconsistent form.

Australian team to face New Zealand:

1. Scott Sio
2. Stephen Moore
3. Sekope Kepu
4. Kane Douglas
5. Adam Coleman
6. Scott Fardy
7. Michael Hooper
8. David Pocock
9. Will Genia
10. Quade Cooper
11. Dane Haylett-Petty
12. Bernard Foley
13. Samu Kerevi
14. Adam Ashley-Cooper
15. Israel Folau

New Zealand team to face Australia:

1. Joe Moody
2. Dane Coles
3. Owen Franks
4. Brodie Retallick
5. Samuel Whitelock
6. Jerome Kaino
7. Sam Cane
8. Kieran Read
9. Aaron Smith
10. Beauden Barrett
11. Julian Savea
12. Anton Lienert-Brown
13. Malakai Fekitoa
14. Israel Dagg
15. Ben Smith

Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena


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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.