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Australia v All Blacks LIVE: The latest Rugby Championship rosters and updates from Melbourne

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New Zealand may come one step closer to retaining the Rugby Championship with a victory over Australia in Melbourne.

All Blacks’ 50-point victory over Argentina and South Africa’s victory over Australia mean all four teams are entering the penultimate round, sharing them with just one point in a tournament that is the closest rugby championship in years.

The meeting will also be the opening match of the Bledisloe Cup, which Australia has not played in two decades as the Wallabies are consistently dominated by their fierce rivals.

Ian Foster’s New Zealand has been vulnerable this season and has yet to win games one by one this year as people like France, Ireland and Argentina have taken turns to beat them, but winning bonus points would mean they would bet one trophy before next week the rematch in Auckland.

Follow all the action from the contest on our blog live below:

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Rugby Australia CEO confirms they would be willing to leave Super Rugby Pacific

Hamish McLennan also spoke about Australia’s future rugby plans at home, reconsidering the previously contemplated idea of ​​separating from New Zealand and Super Rugby Pacific and acting alone as the governing body wants to improve the fortunes on the pitch and build towards an exciting decade of big tournaments and tourists . McLennan refuses to play “other fiddles” to his friends / foes (delete as appropriate) through Tasman, even though he believes that continuing the partnership may be a “better” option for now.

“It (a real option), we wouldn’t have said it if we weren’t real,” said McLennan.

“No doubt we said it publicly that high scores would probably be better with New Zealand in the mix.

“But we are not going to play the other fiddle, so time will tell if we are bluffing.

“But they know we’re serious – we have the support of our member unions, Super Rugby and Channel 9 club seats to move to the domestic market.

“And look, we haven’t won a Bledisloe in 20 years, so who can say a national competition wouldn’t make more money for Rugby Australia and possibly, with more teams and more players, better performance in high performance.”

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Dave Rennie led Australia to the World Cup

It’s been a summer of unequivocal support for international coaches under fire, with Eddie Jones and Ian Foster receiving confidence from their boards after periods of pressure. Add Dave Rennie to the list of leaders who have advanced to next year’s World Cup in France and Rugby Australia president Hamish McLennan has confirmed that the coach maintains the support of RA.

“Yes, absolutely (he will train for the World Cup),” he said. “Dave did a great job breaking the team apart.

“Real progress has been made. He’s just as frustrated as anyone (with results now). “

A defeat today would mean the Wallabies would drop to ninth place in the world rankings.

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But a full house is expected

But Thursday’s rugby turned out to be popular – it has been suggested that we are expecting a sold-out crowd today at Docklands Stadium.

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Thursday rugby in Melbourne

This is a rare edition of this mid-week trans-Tasmania clash, the first weekday meeting between Australia and New Zealand in 28 years. Rugby Australia decided to postpone this meeting to Thursday in April, fearing a clash with the pointed end of the NRL and AFL seasons in Melbourne on Saturday, which is a perfectly understandable decision, even if it has proved unnecessary since then – the storm in Melbourne has no NRL finals after losing to Canberra Raiders and Saturday’s AFL action come from Sydney.

So, if you’re in the mood for a high-level men’s sport on Saturday night in Melbourne, you’re out of luck!

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Team news from Australia

Australian fisherman Bernard Foley will play his first test in three years after Noah Lolesio was excluded by concussion in one of the eight Wallabies shifts.

Lolesio and center Hunter Paisami suffered injuries in the 24-8 defeat of South Africa in Sydney, and Lalakai Foketi will play in the middle for the third time.

In other line-of-back changes, Andrew Kellaway will play defensively, with Jake Gordon earning his first halfway start of the season, replacing Nick White.

Rory Arnold is unavailable for both Thursday’s game and next week’s Auckland rematch as he waits for his first child to be born, so Jed Holloway moves from the back row to stand next to Matt Phillip while Rob Leota takes Hollway’s place in sixth the spot, Pete Samu takes off from the open flank, and Dave Porecki is preferred in Folau Faing’s prostitute.

Team from Australia: 15. Andrew Kellaway, 14. Tom Wright, 13. Len Ikitau, 12. Lalakai Foketi, 11. Marika Koroibete, 10. Bernard Foley, 9. Jake Gordon; 1. James Slipper (captain), 2. Dave Porecki, 3. Allan Alaalatoa, 4. Jed Holloway, 5. Matt Philip, 6. Rob Leota, 7. Pete Samu, 8. Rob Valetini.

Spare parts: 16. Faing’s Folau, 17. Scott Sio, 18. Pone Faamausili, 19. Darcy Swain, 20. Fraser McReight, 21. Nic White, 22. Reece Hodge, 23. Jordan Petaia

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News from New Zealand

Hoskins Sotutu will replace Ardi Savea in 8th place as one of two personnel changes – with a further change in position – to New Zealand starting in 15th place which dismantled Argentina 53-3.

Savea, released from the test pending the birth of his third child, was a rock in a difficult season for the All Blacks, and Sotutu has a difficult act to follow.

It is part of a rear row reshuffle, with Scott Barrett going from flank to side to the blind side in place of the injured Shannon Frizell, while Brodie Retallick was promoted to the second row start alongside fellow veteran Sam Whitelock.

New Zealand team: 15. Jordie Barrett, 14. Will Jordan, 13. Rieko Ioane, 12. David Havili, 11. Caleb Clarke, 10. Richie Mo’unga, 9. Aaron Smith; 1. Ethan de Groot, 2. Samisoni Taukei’aho, 3. Tyrel Lomax, 4. Brodie Retallick, 5. Sam Whitelock, 6. Scott Barrett, 7. Sam Cane (Captain), 8. Hoskins Sotutu.

Spare parts: 16. Dane Coles, 17. George Bower, 18. Fletcher Newell, 19. Akira Ioane, 20. Dalton Papali’i, 21. Finlay Christie, 22. Beauden Barrett, 23. Quinn Tupaea

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Is Australia versus New Zealand on TV? Start time, channel and how to watch the Rugby Championship match

Australia will host New Zealand in Melbourne on Thursday in the opening match of the Bledisloe Cup series and the penultimate round of the Rugby Championship.

In one of the rugby championships in the coming years, all four teams compete in the final matches one after the other with a chance of winning the title, sharing them with just one point.

New Zealand is in place at the wheel and will be bolstered by a win in bonus points after their 50-point thrashing Argentina last time.

A defeat for Australia would end any chances of winning the Bledisloe Cup for the first time in 20 years.

Here’s everything you need to know.

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Australian Bernard Foley excited about “another crack” in New Zealand

Australia’s half, Bernard Foley, has lost many games to New Zealand, including the World Cup Final, but is grateful that another chance to take on the All Blacks has come out of nowhere.

The 33-year-old will play his first test since the 2019 World Cup in today’s match against New Zealanders, which is also the penultimate round of the Rugby Championship and the opening match of this year’s Bledisloe Cup series.

Foley played 15 tests against the All Blacks, winning two, drawing one and losing the rest.

“I think you are definitely looking at the games and we had some great battles, we had some great wins and tight defeats that really hurt, but that’s only part of the journey,” he told reporters on Tuesday.

“You always wished you could get one more crack, another taste, so coming back here is just getting the most out of it.”

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Hoskins Sotutu, which aims to replace Ardie Save’s talisman for All Blacks

No 8 Hoskins Sotutu will have big boots to fill as a replacement for dynamo Ardie Save as defender of the New Zealand title is struggling to win the Rugby Championship by winning Australia in Melbourne.

Long locked in the back row, 24-year-old Auckland Blue was recalled for its first test since last November as one of three positional changes in the starting fifteen that took Argentina 53-3 down.

Savea, released from the test pending the birth of his third child, has been a rock in a difficult season for the All Blacks, and Sotutu knows he has a difficult act to follow.

“Its preparation is second to none,” Sotutu told Save’s 10-test reporters. “For him, being able to play really consistently every week is something I find quite amazing.

“Of course Ardie isn’t, it’s quite big shoes to fill, but I have to do what I do … Don’t try to complicate things too much and be yourself.”

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The All Blacks dominance over Australia takes away the prestige of the Bledisloe Cup

There was a time when Australia and New Zealand’s fight for the Bledisloe Cup was almost a de facto world championship, but nearly two decades of All Blacks dominance have stripped the trophy of much of its prestige.

The series’ relevance will be tested again this week as Ian Foster’s team seeks to seal the trophy for the 20th consecutive time by defeating Wallabies in Melbourne.

The All Blacks’ choking grip has long hurt Australian fans who miss the time when world-beating Wallabies won five consecutive Bledisloes between 1998-2002.

The cup has since symbolized Australia’s fall as a rugby power as much as New Zealand’s power. The narrative has changed slightly this year, but not for Australian improvement.

Dave Rennie’s Wallabies are relegated to a record low of eight in the world rankings after a bland 24-8 home defeat against South Africa in the final round of the Rugby Championship. The difference this year is that the All Blacks are also struggling, losing six of the last nine tests. France, Ireland, South Africa and Argentina took turns defeating three-time world champions last year.

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