New Zealand host Australia in the Rugby Championship on Saturday, with everything still to play.
Both national sides can lift the trophy but New Zealand have been given a boost as Ardie Savea is set to return with the No8. He missed the game against the Wallabies last Thursday due to the birth of his child, but he will return to the field this weekend.
“He’s new here but he’s just had another baby so I’m sure there will be a few sleepless nights – but he’s great for us,” said forward coach Jason Ryan at training on Tuesday.
“He’s a real energizer. We get a lot of energy from him in our group and having this week off will definitely refresh him.”
But who else will be lining up for New Zealand and how can the fans watch? Here’s everything you need to know.
When is it?
The game takes place on Saturday 24th September at 8.05am BST.
How can I watch?
The game can be viewed on Sky Sports and their app Sky Go.
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The All Blacks will be without skipper Sam Cane for this weekend’s clash with Australia at Eden Park, but Ardie Savea returns to the back row. Lock Sam Whitelock will lead the team in Cane’s absence, while Dalton Papali’i replaces Cane on the openside flanker in an all-new back row, while Akira Ioane stands in for the injured Scott Barrett on the blindside and Savea returns in eighth place after he missed the match in Melbourne the birth of his third child.
Dave Rennie made two changes to his pack but kept his backline intact. Cadeyrn Neville replaces Matt Philip in the second row and Harry Wilson’s return to eighth means a switch to blindside flanker for Rob Valetini, who excelled again last time out in the controversial 39-37 defeat by New Zealand.
Loose forward Rob Leota tore an Achilles tendon against the All Blacks in Melbourne, necessitating a change in the back row, but Pete Samu retains his place on the open flank after an outstanding performance in his first start of the season.
New Zealand: Beauden Barratt 15, Will Jordan 14, Ioane Rieko 13, Jordie Barrett 12, Caleb Clarke 11, Richie Mo’unga 10, Aaron Smith 9, Ardie Savea 8, Dalton Papali 7′ i, 6-Akira Ioane, 5-Sam Whitelock (Captain), 4-Brodie Retallick, 3-Tyrel Lomax, 2-Codie Taylor, 1-Ethan de Groot
Substitute: 16-Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17-Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 18-Nepo Laulala, 19-Tupou Vaa’i, 20-Hoskins Sotutu, 21-Finlay Christie, 22-Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, 23-Sevu Reece
Australia: 15-Andrew Kellaway, 14-Tom Wright, 13-Len Ikitau, 12-Lalakai Foketi, 11-Marika Koroibete, 10-Bernard Foley, 9-Jake Gordon, 8-Harry Wilson, 7-Pete Samu, 6-Rob Valetini, 5-Cadeyrn Neville, 4-Jed Holloway, 3-Allan Alaalatoa, 2-Dave Porecki, 1-James Slipper (Captain)
substitute: 16-Folau Fainga’a, 17-Angus Bell, 18-Pone Fa’amausili, 19-Nick Frost, 20-Fraser McReight, 21-Nic White, 22-Reece Hodge, 23-Jordan Petaia
New Zealand – 1/12
Tie – 30/1
Australia – 7/1
Australia will be hurt by last week’s result and guns blazing, but the All Blacks will have enough in the tank to finish the game. New Zealand 35-20 Australia.
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