Rugby Championship LIVE: All Blacks vs Australia prep and updates as title is set to be decided

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New Zealand host Australia in the rugby championship with everything still up for grabs in the title race.

Both teams can lift the trophy en route to the finals of games but the All Blacks have been given a boost as Ardie Savea is set to return wearing the number 8. He missed last Thursday’s game against the Wallabies due to the birth of his child but will be a starting XI at Eden Park in Auckland

New Zealand are far more likely to retain their rugby championship title as they currently lead the table on 14 points, level with South Africa and four ahead of the Wallabies. But if Australia can cause a stir, they will give themselves a shot at winning the tournament before the Springboks take on Argentina later on.

However, history is against the Wallabies, as they have not defeated the All Blacks at Eden Park Fortress since 1986. They could have extra motivation given last week’s controversial defeat when referee Mathieu Raynal of New Zealand awarded a penalty to Bernard Foley in the final seconds after ignoring the referee’s warning to hurry and take a free-kick.

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New Zealand team news

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.

New Zealand: 15-Beauden Barratt, 14-Will Jordan, 13-Rieko Ioane, 12-Jordie Barrett, 11-Caleb Clarke, 10-Richie Mo’unga, 9-Aaron Smith, 8-Ardie Savea, 7-Dalton Papali’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

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Is New Zealand vs Australia on TV? Rugby Championship match kick-off time and channel

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.

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‘Energizer’ Ardie Savea returns as New Zealand chase the Rugby Championship title

Ardie Savea is ready to jump straight into the All Blacks side after the birth of his third child, but the composition of the back row for Saturday’s final Rugby Championship test against Australia at Eden Park remains up in the air.

The No8 powerhouse, who was pardoned from last Thursday’s 39-37 win over Australia in Melbourne, shared a picture of his newborn son Kove Masina-Moon on social media this week.

Savea will reinforce a back row battered and injured by the Wallabies Test, with captain and openside flanker Sam Cane substituted after a headbutt with teammate David Havili.

“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.”

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Rugby Championship: Australia says ‘boomerang’ reaction to All Blacks’ haka wasn’t disrespectful

Australia added some spice to this weekend’s rugby championship clash against New Zealand by dismissing concerns their reaction to the haka in last week’s clash was disrespectful.

The Wallabies formed a boomerang-shaped phalanx and advanced to the haka as the All Blacks performed the traditional Maori challenge at Melbourne’s Docklands Stadium.

At least one All Black made his dissatisfaction clear after a late try gave the Visitors a 39-37 win, but the Wallabies, led by their trainer Dave Rennie, insist it’s an appropriate response.

“I know Rieko Ioane had a lot to say to our boys after the last try when she babbled at Folau Fainga’a about the disrespect for the haka,” New Zealand’s Rennie said on Thursday.

“As New Zealanders know, when a team does a haka, they respond with a haka.

“We don’t have the luxury of having a haka, so our response is the shape of a boomerang and the movement forward. You have given us a challenge and we accept it. We won’t stop that.”

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New Zealand vs Australia

Welcome to that of the independent Live coverage when New Zealand hosts Australia in the Rugby Championship with everything still to play in the title race.

Both teams can lift the trophy en route to the finals of games but the All Blacks have been given a boost as Ardie Savea is set to return wearing the number 8. He missed last Thursday’s game against the Wallabies due to the birth of his child but will be a starting XI at Eden Park in Auckland

New Zealand are far more likely to retain their rugby championship title as they currently lead the table on 14 points, level with South Africa and four ahead of the Wallabies. But if Australia can cause a stir, they will give themselves a shot at winning the tournament before the Springboks take on Argentina later on.

However, history is against the Wallabies, as they have not defeated the All Blacks at Eden Park Fortress since 1986. They could have extra motivation given last week’s controversial defeat when referee Mathieu Raynal of New Zealand awarded a penalty to Bernard Foley in the final seconds after ignoring the referee’s warning to hurry and take a free-kick.

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