Australia vs New Zealand Rugby

We are down to the 5th Round of The Rugby Championship 2022 as Australia plays host to their old rivals New Zealand on Thursday. Along with the Rugby Championship, the Bledisloe Cup will be on the line as the two old rivals meet at Marvel Stadium, Melbourne. Here we have Australia vs New Zealand Rugby, start time, lineup, head-to-head, prediction, and where to watch live.

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Competition: The Rugby Championship 2022

🏉 Round: 5 of 6

🗓 Date: Thursday, 15 Sept.

🕟 Time: 7:45 pm AEST

🏟 Venue: Marvel Stadium, Melbourne

📺 Live: Nine Network, Sky Network

Australia vs New Zealand Rugby Preview: 

This year’s Rugby Championship is going to be the most exciting in a long time, as all four teams can lift the title. All four teams have won two and lost two of their four games.

Only a point separates the teams with the New Zealand All Blacks a point ahead of the three. They are leading the competition (10 points) with the help of a bonus point in a defeat.

The defending champions New Zealand are coming off a thumping win by 53-3 points over Argentina Los Pumas. Before that, Ian Foster’s men lost to the same opponent by 18-25.

Elsewhere, the Australia Wallabies are coming off an 8-24 defeat against the World Champions South Africa Springboks. However, they beat the Springboks by 25-17 a week before their defeat.

Head-to-Head:

New Zealand: 108 wins

Australia: 37 wins

This is the most played rivalry in the history of the sport. The All Blacks largely dominate the tie with 108 wins against the Wallabies’ 37.

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Starting Lineups:

Australia:

Andrew Kellaway; Tom Wright, Len Ikitau, Lalakai Foketi, Marika Koroibete; Bernard Foley, Jake Gordon; Rob Valetini, Pete Samu, Rob Leota; Matt Philip, Jed Holloway; Allan Alaalatoa, David Porecki, James Slipper

Replacements:

Folau Fainga’a, Scott Sio, Pone Fa’amausili, Darcy Swain, Fraser McReight, Nic White, Reece Hodge, Jordan Petaia

New Zealand:

Jordie Barrett; Will Jordan, Rieko Ioane, David Havili, Caleb Clarke; Richie Mo’unga, Aaron Smith; Hoskins Sotutu, Sam Cane, Scott Barrett, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Tyrel Lomax, Samisoni Taukei’aho, Ethan de Groot

Replacements:

Dane Coles, George Bower, Fletcher Newell, Akira Ioane, Dalton Papalii, Finlay Christie, Beauden Barrett, Quinn Tupaea

Australia vs New Zealand Rugby Prediction:

The defending champions New Zealand are coming off a thumping victory over Los Pumas by 53-3 points. It will give them a lot of momentum before facing off their oldest foes the Wallabies.

On the other hand, Australia will get the home advantage at the Marvel Stadium. However, they need to come back in winning ways. The Wallabies lost to South Africa by 8-24 last round.

The All Blacks have dominated their opponent in recent meetings, and we predict they will win this tie. 

Where to Watch Live?

The match will be available on the free-to-air Nine Network in Australia. Moreover, fans can enjoy the live stream via Stan Sport. Sky Network will broadcast the Rugby Championship match live in New Zealand.

Where to watch the Rugby Championship 2022 from anywhere:

  • USA: FloRugby
  • Canada: TSN (TSN.ca and TSN App)
  • Argentina: ESPN, TV Publica
  • South Africa: Super Sport
  • Australia: Stan Sport, Network Nine
  • New Zealand: Sky Network
  • UK: Sky Sports
  • France: Canal+
  • Japan: WOWOW
  • Spain: Telefonica
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