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Bledisloe Cup – Round three

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :All Blacks, Original Content, Wallabies on 17 Oct 2013 at 09:47
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There is a small matter of a third Bledisloe Cup match happening this weekend, with both teams already announced.

The All Blacks have selected a returning Cory Jane at right wing, shifting Ben Smith into the midfield. That allows the New Zealanders to field three wings in their backline, something that should be worrying the Aussies. Apart from that change, there is also a return to international action for Jeremy Thrush in the second row.

The Wallabies have had their fair share of injury concerns, with Christian Leali’ifano missing out on selection thanks to an injury. He is replaced by Matt Toomua in midfield, linking up with Kuridrani in the centres. Will Genia will play in his 50th test match, replacing Nic White at scrumhalf. There is also a back row shuffle with Ben Mowen moving to the side of the scrum, replacing the injured Scott Fardy and Ben McCalman coming in at eighthman.

This should be an interesting match to watch, with the All Blacks keen to keep their winning streak going and the Aussies hoping to get some sort of form back, after winning only two matches in the recent Rugby Championship.

All Blacks: 15. Israel Dagg, 14. Cory Jane, 13. Ben Smith, 12. Ma’a Nonu, 11. Julian Savea, 10. Aaron Cruden, 9. Aaron Smith, 8. Kieran Read, 7. Richie McCaw (c), 6. Liam Messam, 5. Sam Whitelock, 4. Jeremy Thrush, 3. Charlie Faumuina, 2. Keven Mealamu, 1. Tony Woodcock.

Substitutes: 16. Dane Coles, 17. Wyatt Crockett, 18. Ben Franks, 19. Brodie Retallick, 20. Sam Cane, 21. Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22. Beauden Barrett, 23. Tom Taylor.

Wallabies: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Peter Betham, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Ben Mowen, 5 James Horwill (c), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 James Slipper.

Substitutes: 16 Saia Fainga’a, 17 Benn Robinson, 18 Sekope Kepu, 19 Sitaleki Timani, 20 Dave Dennis, 21 Nic White, 22 Mike Harris, 23 Bernard Foley.

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