Australia takes on New Zealand this weekend in a bid to get their Rugby Championship campaign moving. The All Blacks ran out 57-22 winners last time out in Auckland, and the Wallabies will be desperate to set the record straight. Here’s everything you need to know about this weekend’s Rugby Championship clash, including how to watch the match.
When and where is Australia vs New Zealand Rugby?
Australia vs New Zealand will take place on Sunday 5th September 2021 at 07:00 (UK).
This match is taking place at Optus Stadium in Subiaco Oval, Perth.
How to Live Stream Australia vs New Zealand Rugby match?
Australia vs New Zealand will be broadcast on Sky Sports Arena from 6.55 am (UK time). Sky Sports customers are able to live stream the coverage via the Sky Go app or online.
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15. Tom Banks, 14. Andrew Kellaway, 13. Len Ikitau, 12. Samu Kerevi, 11. Marika Koroibete, 10. Noah Lolesio, 9. Tate McDermott; 1. James Slipper, 2. Folau Fainga’a, 3. Allan Alaalatoa, 4. Darcy Swain, 5. Matt Philip, 6. Lachie Swinton, 7. Michael Hooper (capt), 8. Rob Valetini.
Replacements: 16. Lachlan Lonergan, 17. Angus Bell, 18. Taniela Tupou, 19. Izack Rodda, 20. Pete Samu, 21. Nic White, 22. Reece Hodge, 23. Jordan Petaia.
15. Jordie Barrett, 14. Will Jordan, 13. Anton Lienert Brown, 12. David Havili, 11. Rieko Ioane, 10. Beauden Barrett, 9. Brad Weber; 1. George Bower, 2. Codie Taylor, 3. Nepo Laulala, 4. Brodie Retallick, 5. Scott Barrett, 6. Akira Ioane, 7. Dalton Papalii, 8. Ardie Savea (capt).
Replacements: 16. Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17. Karl Tu’inukuafe, 18. Angus Ta’avao, 19. Tupou Vaa’i, 20. Ethan Blackadder, 21. TJ Perenara, 22. Damian McKenzie, 23. George Bridge.
Australia will be desperate to avoid a clean sweep in the Bledisloe Cup by avoiding defeat to New Zealand here. The All Blacks have had some issues with depth of experience in the squad but a week to adjust to the time difference in Perth should allay any nerves associated with the recent vivid-19 related interruptions. The All Blacks retained the Bledisloe Cup last time out with a record 57-22 score over the Wallabies in Auckland and those high spirits should not have dwindled too much in the delay, with that last match coming over two weeks ago.
Realistically, an Australian victory is highly unlikely at this moment in time with the All Blacks together in adversity and the Wallabies a little disjointed. The covid-related background noise might have some kind of effect on performances but New Zealand should still be able to cover -15 in victory here in what should be a significantly lower-scoring match than the last.