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Get Now- All Blacks vs Wallabies Live Stream Online Free HD TV Rugby Bledisloe Cup 2017 Live Streaming. Watch New Zealand vs Australia-Rugby Championship. Wallabies v All Blacks – Brisbane – Coach Michael Cheika has raised eyebrows by claiming the Wallabies can upset the All Blacks in the Bledisloe Cup series following their shaky win over Italy.

Australia, coming off a home loss to Scotland the previous week, made six changes as they scrambled to a 40-27 win over the Six Nations strugglers in Brisbane on Saturday.

The Wallabies held a tenuous 28-27 lead with four minutes remaining, but conjured two late tries to salvage victory over the Azzurri.

Wallaby back Karmichael Hunt reflected what many were thinking when he said after the final whistle: “We just can’t afford to do that against the All Blacks in the Rugby Championship because they’ll kill us.”

Cheika took the opposite tack, talking up their chances of beating the world champions in Sydney on August 19.”The performance (against Italy) wasn’t up to winning that match, for sure,” he told reporters after Saturday’s game.

“We’ve got to get our work right in the next six to eight weeks that’s left before that first Test (against New Zealand) so we don’t play like that, we play much better.”Australia’s players now return to Super Rugby for the last two weeks of the regular season, before reassembling to prepare for the All Blacks.

Cheika said he was confident they can pull off a major shock against a team that beat the British and Irish Lions 30-15 in Auckland on Saturday.”I know everyone’s having a laugh when I say that, but I believe with that clear goal we can go there and do that,” he said.

“We’ve got to work extra hard and we’ve got to be prepared to work even harder once we come out of Super Rugby for that little (training) block to be ready because it’s a key element to staying in the game.”

Wallabies captain Stephen Moore, meanwhile, lashed Super Rugby franchises for not preparing players for the rigours of Test rugby.He backed Cheika’s comments throughout the June Test series, saying players simply weren’t fit enough for the international arena.

“It shouldn’t be hard forAll Blacks vs Wallabies Live Super Rugby to produce players that are ready for Test match footy,” Moore said.”I don’t know what the issue is there, but we need to make sure the next two months or whatever it is … we can’t waste a day.

“There is a gap between Super Rugby and Test rugby, the intensity’s up, but that doesn’t mean we can’t train like we have to play Test footy.”Wallabies winger Sefa Naivalu is in doubt for the Bledisloe Cup opener after suffering an ankle injury against Italy and will be out for up to seven weeks.

Coach Michael Cheika believes Australia can end their 14-year Bledisloe Cup drought – even if he knows that thought alone will trigger belly laughs on both sides of the Tasman.

The Wallabies have eight weeks to get things right after a flattering 40-27 win over Italy on Saturday which did nothing to allay fears they will be cannon fodder for New Zealand in their next clash in Sydney on August 19.

A candid Karmichael Hunt said what many fans would have been thinking when he spoke to Fox Sports after the final whistle: “We just can’t afford to do that against the All Blacks in the Rugby Championship because they’ll kill us.”

Cheika took a moment to ponder when that quote was later put to him.  “The idea for me as a coach is not to make that kind of assumption because it’s a nice statement for the paper,” he said. “The performance wasn’t up to winning that match, for sure, but we’ve got to get our work right in the next six to eight weeks that’s left before that first Test so we don’t play like that, we play much better.”

Cheika’s players now return to Super Rugby for the last two weeks of the regular season and it is here that they must deliver for his hopeful outlook to be rooted in any sort of reality.

It is the franchises who will be expected to train their Test players harder after complaints from Cheika they were not at the level required when they first came into camp.

He suggested maybe some of the reason why they were so flat against Scotland and Italy was because of the extra work pumped into them. “To be at the level we need to be to defeat New Zealand … I know everyone’s having a laugh when I say that, everyone at home,” he said.  “But I believe with that clear goal, we can go up there and do that.

“We’ve got to work extra hard and we’ve got to be prepared to work even harder once we come out of Super Rugby for that little (training) block to be ready because at least the fitness base can let us be in the hunt.

“Whichever way you spin it, it’s a key element to staying in the game. You’ve got to play for 80 and you’ve got to play hard for 80.  “Then from there it’ll be how good a footballers we are.”

Cape Town – There could be a tug of war for Melbourne Rebels prop Tyrel Lomax after he was reportedly contacted by the All Blacks to switch his allegiances from Australia to New Zealand.

The 20-year-old made his Super Rugby debut this season but the Daily Telegraph has reported that the All Blacks want Lomax to come and play in New Zealand with a view to becoming an All Black.Lomax, son of former Kiwis prop John Lomax, was the Australian Under-20s player of the year in 2016, but is still eligible for Australia and New Zealand.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has already taken a shine to Lomax and called him up to their 48-man squad that assembled in Canberra earlier this month.Lomax, who stands at 192cm and weighs almost 127kg, made his first start for the Rebels against the Sharks last weekend.He fronted up well and impressed as the Rebels drew 9-9 in Durban.

His father John won 15 Kiwis caps between 1993 and 1998 and played for Canberra Raiders, North Queensland Cowboys and Melbourne Storm.Tyrel grew up playing league in Wellington but switched to rugby when he moved to Australia.General public tickets go on sale tomorrow (Tuesday 11 July) for the 2017 Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup Test matches in Australia, with four huge battles set for Sydney, Perth, Canberra and Brisbane.

The Rugby Championship will see historic rivalries resume and for the first time since 2014, Australian fans will see two Bledisloe Cup matches on home soil, in Sydney and Brisbane.

Having introduced thirteen debutants in 2016 and six more during the recent June Series, the new-look Qantas Wallabies side will be out to prove themselves against their fellow Southern Hemisphere nations in the competition’s sixth year.Australia will kick off its 2017 campaign with a home ground advantage on Saturday 19 August at ANZ Stadium, Sydney – the same venue where they last beat the All Blacks in 2015.

From there, the men in gold head west to Perth where they will confront the Springboks at nib Stadium on Saturday 9 September.On Saturday 16 September, the All Blacks vs Wallabies Live Stream will converge on our nation’s capital for the first time since 2010 to host Argentina at GIO Stadium. Australia’s Rugby Championship Test against Los Pumas will be their second clash in Canberra, 17 years after the first, which the Wallabies won 32-25.

The final Bledisloe Cup Test, to be held on Saturday 21 October at Suncorp Stadium, will be an historic occasion as the Wallabies will run out in a special Indigenous jersey for the first time.Tickets for all Qantas Wallabies 2017 Rugby Championship home Test matches and the Bledisloe Cup clash in Brisbane can be purchased here.

 

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All Blacks vs Wallabies: All Blacks fired up for Bledisloe Cup Test opener against Wallabies

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Wallabies assistant coach Stephen All Blacks vs Wallabies Larkham says Kurtley Beale is “tracking nicely” as he recovers from his hamstring injury, but has revealed the star playmaker is not certain to line up against the All Blacks in the Bledisloe Cup opener.

Beale injured his hamstring in late May in what turned out to be his last game for British Premiership side Wasps.

Now back in Australia, Beale has resumed training with the Wallabies, but during camps in Newcastle and Cessnock, the 60-Test veteran has had been on lighter duties compared to other teammates.

There is every intention that Beale will take the field at ANZ Stadium on August 19 and although he is doing everything in his power to be right, Larkham hinted that he did not have the green light just yet.

“Things are tracking nicely, but whether he’s right to go or not, we’ll have to wait and see next week,” Larkham told Fairfax Media. “He’s trained every day and he’s trained exceptionally well … but we haven’t made selections as a coaching group. You want to see how they [players] pull up over the weekend and how they come in on Monday.”

By the time the Wallabies get their Rugby Championship campaign under way, it will be almost three months since Beale last played and given the standard of opposition, many believe him starting, most likely at inside-centre, is a risk.

“There would be a risk with anyone coming back after that period of time and particularly if they didn’t train well,” Larkham said. “But KB has been one of our best trainers out there. He’s played with a number of these guys before and the combination out there on the field looks very natural for him.

“If he was down on fitness or strength or confidence, there’d be concern, but he’s not showing any of that at the moment.”

Bernard Foley is the only recognised No.10 in the Wallabies squad, however Beale and Reece Hodge could fill a void if the NSW Waratahs playmaker were to come down with an injury at any All Blacks vs Wallabies point during the international season.

“There’s enough coverage there,” said Larkham, arguably Australia’s greatest five-eighth. “KB can play 10 and Hodgey can play 10, so there’s two back-up 10s there. Depending on selections, you’re looking at Bernard as our No.1 five-eighth at this stage. Hodgey has been training in and out of 10. The combination is working well.

“Bernard is a very good organiser and he’s one of the vice-captains of the team now. Having the stability of him out there on the field is good for the confidence of the other boys.”

Of everyone in the Wallabies set-up at the moment, Larkham has beaten the All Blacks twice as many times as anyone else.

From 22 matches, he tasted success on 10 occasions, which is double that of Stephen Moore, who has five wins from 27 starts against New Zealand.

He, of all people, knows what is required to triumph against world rugby’s powerhouse nation and believes the Wallabies will find the right balance between running rugby and territory come next Saturday.

“We don’t want to be predictable to the opposition and we certainly want to be on the same page,” Larkham said. “It won’t be as simple as kicking everything out of our own half or running everything out of our own half. There will be balance.

“The guys have worked very hard over the last month. Every session showed intensity and the boys were keen to go out on the field and improve and not just go through the motions.”

While Jordie Barrett has been ruled out for the rest of the Rugby Championship, his brother Beauden, New Zealand’s in-form five-eighth, is a player Larkham has been doing his homework on.

“He’s reading the game quite well and he’s playing with a lot of confidence,” Larkham said. “He looks fast and seems to be making the right decisions out on the field. They [New Zealand] generally produce a number of great five-eighths and he’s probably the form one at the moment.”

THE Wallabies scrum was given a black eye in their last start against the Italians.

Two late tries at Suncorp Stadium completed a flattering 40-27 scoreline in favour of Australia as captain Stephen Moore admitted post-match that his side were guilty of not showing the Azzurri enough respect.

Loose-head prop Scott Sio — admittedly underdone after an injury-plagued Super Rugby season — was given a torrid time by his opposite Simone Ferrari in a performance that would have concerned national scrum doctor Mario Ledesma.

But Sio, now feeling in better nick after seeing out the season with the Brumbies, says the Aussie front-row is ready to rebound against the All Blacks thanks to some valuable lessons gained from that humbling June Test.

“Unfortunately it didn’t go our way in that game but I think what we learnt is problem solving on the field,” Sio said at the Wallabies camp in Cessnock ahead of the Bledisloe Cup opener in Sydney on August 19.

Communicating a lot better as a front-row to help solve those problems, instead of burying our heads in the sand and trying to figure it out on our own.

“The progression for us as a front-row is to problem solve quicker and make sure that we get it fixed at the next scrum.

“That was the big learning that we got from that and I took that back with Allan (Allalatoa) at the Brumbies and it seemed to work well for us in the last couple of rounds.

“Hopefully we can bring a bit of that here to the Wallaby environment.”

The dark arts of the scrum are a mystery to most observers, even ardent rugby fans.

But Sio went on to explain that the Wallabies needed to be quicker to identify and counteract the opposition’s angles and pressure points if they were to restore a set-piece which provided a strong foundation in the run to the 2015 Rugby World Cup final.

That established front-row of Sio, Moore and Sekope Kepu is now under pressure with the impressive Allalatoa and Tatafa Polota-Nau in the box seat to start against New Zealand.

Sio is likely to hold the No 1 jersey ahead of Tom Robertson and resume his rivalry with Owen Franks, who has also been battling injury concerns and is in some doubt with a niggly Achilles.

Despite Dane Coles’ return from concussion, Sio expected Steve Hansen to stick with the same front-row that started in the drawn Lions series before delivering the Crusaders an eighth Super Rugby title last weekend.

“If they pick the guys on form, you’d say (Joe) Moody, (Codie) Taylor and Franks would be together and what a lot of people don’t understand is that combination,” Sio said.

“They’ve been scrummaging together for a number of years now, at provincial level and at the All Blacks.

“They know each other back to front, throw in (Brodie) Retallick and (Sam) Whitelock in behind them, who have been in the All Blacks now for a number of years, that combination is pretty strong.

“It’s really about us building that here as fast as we can and really learning what each of our strengths are and areas we can improve on individually so that collectively we’re as strong as we can be.”

At 25-years-old and with 32 Tests under his belt, the Wallabies desperately need Sio back to his best if they are to have a shot against the world champions.

After battling hamstring and knee ailments throughout the season, Sio admitted he was “not quite where I want to be” but felt confident of being available for selection provided there were no fresh setbacks.

He had been impressed with Michael Hooper’s “seamless transition” to the Wallabies captaincy as well as the rapid development of his 23-year-old Brumbies chum Allalatoa, who has been fast-tracked into the national leadership group.

“You’ve just got to look at the year All Blacks vs Wallabies he’s had, he’s been the form Australian prop this year in Super and he carried that into the June Tests as well,” Sio said.“There’s a lot of guys that tend to follow guys who play with such intensity and can hold it for such a long time — especially at that tight-head position.“It is such an important role in terms of set-piece and around field as well.“If he can keep playing that way, I guess guys are going to naturally follow him around the field.”

Source: http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-union/union-news/kurtley-beale-not-certain-to-play-bledisloe-cup-opener-stephen-larkham-20170811-gxuc7u.html

All Blacks vs Wallabies: All Blacks gained upper hand with timing of Spygate revelations

Get Now- All Blacks vs Wallabies Live Stream Online Free HD TV Rugby Bledisloe Cup 2017 Live Streaming. Watch New Zealand vs Australia-Rugby Championship. Wallabies v All Blacks –  An interesting item of news came to light during the Spygate bugging trial earlier this week: New Zealand Rugby Union boss Steve Tew was told a bug had been found in the All Blacks’ Sydney hotel on the Monday before the opening Test.

Suffice it to say that Australian eyebrows shot up at this revelation from the testimony of All Blacks manager Darren Shand. After all, the All Blacks’ explanation of why they had waited until the day of the match, August 20, to go public with the story was that they had to wait for Tew to arrive from the Rio Olympics. Yet here was Shand testifying that Tew was made aware of it on August 15, while in Brazil.

Now, this perhaps may all have been due to confusion or shock. But there is no question that by ­releasing the news on the very day of the first Bledisloe Test that a ­listening device had been found, the New Zealanders ensured that maximum damage was done to the Wallabies. Everyone suspected them. I spent the whole day in Rio answering — or rather, not ­answering — questions about it, all the time thinking: The Wallabies wouldn’t have been that stupid … would they? Certainly every Kiwi journalist I bumped into was wearing a smug look.

Now imagine how Michael Cheika must have felt during all of this. If the bugging rumours ­reflected on anyone, then they surely reflected on him. He was in total charge of the Wallabies, who surely would have been the main ­beneficiaries of any intelligence picked up by the bugging device.

At the time, Cheika had a ­relatively good record against the All Blacks, one win out of three, the third match having been the tense World Cup final of the previous year. But then (as everyone was saying a year ago) … you never know what pressure might drive a man to.

The New Zealanders say that they never accused Cheika or the Wallabies of anything in connection to the bug. They didn’t need to. Just put the story out there, via their media outlet of choice, the NZ Herald, and the rest would take care of itself.

Now imagine … which is what I believe is the case … Cheika knew absolutely nothing about the ­bugging. Not a clue. And then he is told, on the day that his team is about to play the All Blacks, that the story has broken and that, by implication, he is viewed as the prime suspect.

The All Blacks have always complained that rival teams were spying on them and now, seemingly, they have irrefutable proof. And it has happened while they are in Australia.

The All Black players have had the best part of a week to absorb the news but the Wallabies are ­totally exposed, caught out in no-man’s land, as though a flare had been released just as they were preparing their attack. They are decimated, 42-8.

Now, this result might have ­occurred even if none of the off-field events had ever taken place.

The All Blacks are always ­capable of doing that to any team. But there is no question that the Wallabies looked rattled and it would have been fascinating to have had an insight into their thinking: confusion, denial, but then doubt perhaps, as they ­succumbed to what the rest of the country was thinking: Was it us? Was it Cheik?

These are not the thoughts any team wants to be taking into any match, let alone a Test match against the most formidable side on the planet. No doubt, the ­Wallabies quickly cleared their heads and started thinking ­sensibly again. But by then the damage was done.

New Zealanders openly wonder why Australia does not give the All Blacks the respect they feel they are entitled to. But, then, ­respect is a two-way street and there also has not been much ­respect flowing westwards across the Tasman in recent years.

Arguably, it traces back to John O’Neill’s day and the decision to usurp the 2003 World Cup tournament. Even now, 14 years after the event, that still rankles. Most Kiwis have not forgotten it. Forgiveness is still a long way off.

These days, of course, Australian rugby hasn’t done a lot to command, let alone demand, respect. This year in Super Rugby, Kiwi teams beat Australian teams in all 26 encounters. You would think, just on the law of averages, that one local team would have got the job done. The Queensland Reds came closest, leading the Crusaders until the final minute.

26-0. That’s an awful lot of psychological damage for one coach to have to clean up and it’s not particularly surprising that Cheika has had the Wallabies in camp for the best part of a month, finding new and inventive ways to test the resolve of his players. Frankly, he has flogged them to death. Onlookers were left wondering what all of this was doing to the Wallabies’ legs. Would they have any stamina left to repel the All Blacks when they staged their inevitable final quarter onslaught?

Yet there was also a sense that Cheika was preparing them for battle as never before. By testing their bodies, he was also testing their minds.

The All Blacks are coming off a drawn series against the British and Irish Lions — which they are reading as a defeat — and it may be that the Lions showed there was a way to pressure them into error and even defeat. But don’t for a moment think that the All Blacks’ vulnerabilities have been exposed or that the Wallabies been handed a blueprint for victory.

That was simply a snapshot of the New Zealanders’ struggles in June, amplified, by the way, by Sonny Bill Williams’ indiscretions. They will have taken the lessons from the Lions series and moved on. Cheika knows that. He also knows it’s pretty much unthinkable that the Wallabies can beat the All Blacks, but he thinks it anyhow. Now he’s working on his players, working on their mindset, getting them to think it too source

All Blacks vs Wallabies: Wallaby rookie Jordan Uelese insists he is ready to take on All Blacks if required

Get Now- All Blacks vs Wallabies Live Stream Online Free HD TV Rugby Bledisloe Cup 2017 Live Streaming. Watch New Zealand vs Australia-Rugby Championship. Wallabies v All Blacks –  All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen said: “Firstly, we congratulate all players selected for the Investec Rugby Championship, particularly Nepo and Nehe, who we welcome back.

Conversely, we commiserate with those who have missed out, particularly Julian Savea and the unlucky Matt Todd, both of whom have made great contributions to the All Blacks jersey and will do so again in the future, I’m sure.”

Damian McKenzie has been named as a replacement for All Blacks vice-captain Ben Smith, who will take an extended break from the game following the first two Bledisloe Cup matches.

The All Blacks will play their first test of the championship against the Wallabies in Sydney a week on Saturday, returning to play them in Dunedin a week later.

“For us, it’s case of re-establishing ourselves and building on our good work from last year and during the recent DHL New Zealand Lions series,” Hansen said. “There were some clear things learnt in the Lions series and this is a great chance for us to implement those; to continue to grow our skill execution and the mental side of our game, and develop our leadership and the leadership group.

Rising All Blacks star Jordie Barrett has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.

The Hurricanes fullback is scheduled for surgery, and the All Blacks have called in Crusaders No.15 David Havili ahead of the upcoming Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship.

Longtime All Blacks fullback Ben Smith is available and will almost certainly start in this month’s opening two Tests – the Bledisloe Cup matches against Australia in Sydney and Dunedin – but is then scheduled to take a sabbatical for the rest of the year.

Rookie Barrett, 20, has made a startling rise this year, earning his All Blacks debut against Samoa in June and earned a starting berth in the drawn third Test against the British and Irish Lions when Smith was unavailable due to concussion symptoms.

The Wallabies must successfully target dynamic All Blacks second rowers Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock when they attempt to turn their Bledisloe Cup fortunes around, says Australian backrower Rory Arnold.

The formidable duo of Retallick and Whitelock has been one of the great strengths of the world champion All Blacks’ forward ­machine in recent years and both are used to winning against the Wallabies.

Whitelock has tasted defeat just three times in 20 games Tests against Australia and Retallick once in 15.

Rising Wallabies lock Rory ­Arnold said getting an edge over the duo was key for his team.

“They’ve been world-class locks now for a number of years, so if we want to dominate up front we know we’ve got to go at those blokes,” said Arnold. “We’re going to have to be at our best, the second-rowers, to take those blokes on.”

While Whitelock and Retallick have been a constant force for New Zealand, Australia have chopped and changed their second-row combinations since the 2015 World Cup final against the All Blacks.

Coach Michael Cheika used five starting second-row combinations in the first five Tests of 2016 and seven in total across the season as six different locks got an opportunity in the run-on side.

In the June Tests, Cheika started with Adam Coleman and Sam Carter and then brought in Arnold for the last match.

“He sort of swapped and changed a fair bit last year, so I’m not sure how he’s going to go this year with those second-row spots,” Arnold said.

Arnold said he felt a little bit more comfortable in the international environment than in his first season at that level last year.

He said the Wallabies could draw some things from the British and Irish Lions’ efforts in the recent drawn three-Test series.

“They had really good (defensive) line speed, their kicking was on point, so I guess if anything we can take some of that away from it,” he said.

The Wallabies host the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium on August 19 before the second Test in Dunedin a week later.
• Brumbies openside flanker Chris Alcock and Argentine halfback Tomas Cubelli are leaving the Super Rugby side, both heading overseas.

Alcock, one the Brumbies’ best forwards this season, has signed with Japanese club Kamaishi Seawaves.

Argentina Test halfback Cubelli will return to South ­America to play for the Buenos Aires-based Jaguares in Super Rugby.

Cubelli, who played 58 Tests for the Pumas, played only 18 games in two seasons in Canberra.

“The Brumbies are a very special organisation and I feel privileged to have been able to play for such a great team,” Cubelli said.

The 28-year-old Cubelli missed the bulk of the 2017 season through injury, paving the way for youngster Joe Powell to step up in his absence.

Powell, who went on to earn a Wallabies cap, started in the Brumbies’ quarter-final loss to the Hurricanes last month, with Cubelli on the bench.

The departure of Alcock, who joined the Brumbies this season from the Western Force, is offset by the return of champion flanker David Pocock to Canberra after his rugby sabbatical.

Wing Julian Savea is the high-profile absentee from the All Blacks Rugby Championship squad named this afternoon.

There is no room for the Hurricanes player, who turned 27 today. Savea, a virtual automatic selection on the left wing since making his test debut in 2012 has this year struggled to re-discover the sort of form which has seen him score 46 tries in 54 tests.

He was left on the reserves bench for the Hurricanes’ semifinal defeat by the Lions in Johannesburg.

Another to miss out is Crusaders flanker Matt Todd, outstanding again for his team during their Super Rugby final victory over the Lions at Ellis Park.

The big winners in the 33-player squad are Chiefs prop Nepo Laulala, a front-runner to replace the departing Charlie Faumuina after recovering from a knee reconstruction last year, and Hurricanes wing Nehe Milner-Skudder, who is also back in the frame following injury. Chiefs prop Atu Moli has been named as an “apprentice”. source

 

All Blacks vs Wallabies: Michael Cheika reveals how he confronted All Blacks rival Steve Hansen over bugging scandal

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Williams was suspended for four matches after being sent off during the second Test against the British and Irish Lions on July 1 for a dangerous shoulder charge on Lions winger Anthony Watson.He was only the third All Black to be sent off in a Test match and the first in 50 years.

Williams missed the third Test against the Lions, a Super Rugby match for the Blues and will sit out a match for his Counties-Manukau province.

Super Rugby whiz-kid Damian McKenzie has been named as a replacement player for vice-captain Ben Smith, who will start his six-month sabbatical after the second Bledisloe Test on August 26 in Dunedin.

As they have done previously, the All Blacks have also named an apprentice for the campaign, with 22-year-old Chiefs and former New Zealand under-20s prop Atu Moli called into the squad for their home Tests.

“We’ve used the apprentice program in the past and think it’s hugely beneficial for a player’s development, so we look forward to working with Atu,” Hansen said.

“He’s an outstanding player and an impressive young man who has a big future in the game.”

Ardie Savea and Jordie Barrett are two previous All Blacks apprentice players.

After their drawn series against the Lions, Hansen said he was looking forward to building on the midyear Tests and expected a fiercely competitive Championship.

“For us, it’s case of re-establishing ourselves and building on our good work from last year and during the recent New Zealand Lions Series,” he said.

“There were some clear things learnt in the Lions series and this is a great chance for us to implement those; to continue to grow our skill execution and the mental side of our game, and develop our leadership and the leadership group.

“The first two Bledisloe Cup matches will set the tone, as we know the Australians will throw everything at us, while we’re expecting the South Africans and Argentinians to be as bruising and physical as always.

“We’ve learnt since the introduction of Argentina that there is a massive travelling component to the Championship, which comes at a cost at the end of the year, so we’ll be looking to implement some new strategies to try and overcome that.”

The All Blacks won back the Rugby Championship last year after the Wallabies took the trophy in 2015 following their 27-19 comeback win in Sydney.

Forwards: Dane Coles, Nathan Harris, Codie Taylor, Wyatt Crockett, Owen Franks, Nepo Laulala, Joe Moody, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Scott Barrett, Brodie Retallick, Luke Romano, Samuel Whitelock, Sam Cane, Vaea Fifita, Jerome Kaino, Kieran Read (c), Ardie Savea, Liam Squire

Backs: Tawera Kerr-Barlow, TJ Perenara, Aaron Smith, Beauden Barrett, Lima Sopoaga, Ryan Crotty, Ngani Laumape, Anton Lienert-Brown, Sonny Bill Williams, Jordie Barrett, Israel Dagg, Rieko Ioane, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Waisake Naholo, Ben Smith

MICHAEL Cheika confronted All Blacks coach Steve Hansen last year and told him they’d “crossed the line” by insinuating he had bugged them in Sydney.

The Wallabies coach opened up on the bitter relations between Australia and New Zealand as the bugging case is set to be heard in court today and the two sides prepare to do battle on the field once again on August 19.

Cheika told The Daily Telegraph’s Payto & Panda Podcast that he was contacted by ARU chief Bill Pulver on the morning of last year’s Sydney Bledisloe to inform him police were launching an investigation into alleged bugging of the All Blacks’ team room at the Intercontinental Hotel in Double Bay.I want to play the game as hard as it can be, slugging it out, the physicality of the game, even sledging sometimes if it has to be, or the mindgames.

“But I reckon that bringing in police and all that business, and making a clear inference, is crossing the line.“I said that before and I’ve said it to the New Zealand coach personally, I feel it’s crossing the line.”

Asked what Hansen’s response was to his confrontation. Cheika replied: “That’s a private conversation.”But Cheika did not deny the assertion that relations between the two teams remain frosty.

“I would say that’s pretty accurate, we’re competing against each other, it’s not like we’re going to be best mates,” Cheika said. “My friends are in the Australian team, and we’re competing against them. “I don’t think it would be normal to be any other way.”

After lengthy investigations by NSW detectives, the Wallabies were cleared of all wrongdoing and the All Blacks’ own security boss Adrian Gard was charged with public mischief – the allegation being that Gard planted a listening device in the room himself and then “found” it.

He will defend the charge on Monday. The extraordinary scandal plunged trans-Tasman relations to an all-time low. “How I found about it was on that Saturday morning when the CEO rang me, he’d obviously had a call from the CEO on the other side [NZRU boss Steve Tew],” Cheika said.

But a World Rugby judicial panel has ruled an All Blacks warm-up match — proposed by New Zealand as the fourth match of Williams’ suspension — is not acceptable.

The panel, which included two former Wallabies, said the match between the All Blacks and the Counties and Taranaki provinces was not “meaningful.”

In a statement on Friday, New Zealand Rugby said it would ask World Rugby’s appeals committee to review the decision which will see Williams complete his suspension on August 20, the day after the Bledisloe Cup Test in Sydney.

“Sonny Bill Williams has appealed the World Rugby judicial committee’s decision not to include the All Blacks match on 11 August (a split game of 40 minutes each against Counties-Manukau and Taranaki) in the four-week suspension given to Williams following a hearing into the red card he received in the second Test against the touring British & Irish Lions,” the statement said. “As the matter will now be decided by an appeal committee, no further comment will be made at this time.” source

All Blacks vs Wallabies : The Wallabies backline ‘that could beat the All Blacks’

Get Now- All Blacks vs Wallabies Live Stream Online Free HD TV Rugby Bledisloe Cup 2017 Live Streaming. Watch New Zealand vs Australia-Rugby Championship. Wallabies v All Blacks   Cape Town – Wallabies prop Allan Alaalatoa says they’ll need perfection to beat the All Blacks, as much in their mindset as anywhere else.Alaalatoa, along with the rest of the Brumbies contingent, arrived in the Wallabies’ Newcastle camp on Thursday, but that was enough to feel the levels rising, he said.

“I only came in the last two sessions and I felt I was there the whole week. For me physically it was and it was a good test for me mentally,” he told the Australian Rugby Union’s official website.

“When you come down to those moments and you think the training session’s over but you’ve got another fitness drill, it’s just all about pushing yourself mentally and trying to be comfortable in an uncomfortable environment.”

Alaalatoa said the Wallabies would need a near-flawless performance to topple the All Blacks in just under three weeks’ time, and that included owning the psychological aspect of the clash.

“It’s very important for us, especially going up against the All Blacks where you need to be perfect almost to win against them,” he said.

“That mental aspect of the game is really important and I think these training sessions are helping us build towards that, when you’re under fatigue and you try to pick yourself up to go another round and just to push yourself mentally is probably just as important as pushing yourself physically.”

Alaalatoa is one of the leaders of the next generation of Wallabies, shaping as a key pillar in the build-up to the 2019 Rugby World Cup after a breakout Super Rugby season.

Regular starts for the Brumbies and Wallabies have armed him with more confidence heading into another Test camp.

“Last year and the years before I’ve been coming off the bench so to be able to get that consistent starting spot, it’s been a huge experience for myself,” he added.“That’s what I truly believe once you get all that game time that’s the only way you’re going to learn and adapt on the run so it’s been good.

“I think when you look around there’s a lot of young players there and we are looking to build towards that campaign.“Obviously first and foremost to make that you have to build in little steps and this Bledisloe’s one of those steps that you need to achieve.”

The forwards battle will be critical in the opening clash and it’s the Brumbies who have provided much of the grunt from that aspect during the Super Rugby season, as well as the experience of playing finals rugby.

Lock Rory Arnold said that intensity would need to be taken up another level for the opening trans-Tasman clash, with Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock on the opposite side.

“We know if we want to dominate up front we’ve got to at those blokes, so we’re going to have to be at our best, the second rowers to take those blokes on.”The Wallabies will train in state-based camps until Wednesday, before a revised 33-man squad convenes in Cessnock, in the Hunter Valley.

NEW ZEALAND will appeal World Rugby’s ruling that All Blacks centre Sonny Bill Williams won’t complete a disciplinary suspension in time to play next month’s Bledisloe Cup Test against Australia.

Williams was suspended for four matches after being sent off during the second Test against the British and Irish Lions on July 1 for a dangerous shoulder charge on Lions winger Anthony Watson.He was only the third All Black to be sent off in a Test match and the first in 50 years.

Williams missed the third Test against the Lions, a Super Rugby match for the Blues and will sit out a match for his Counties-Manukau province.

But a World Rugby judicial panel has ruled an All Blacks warm-up match — proposed by New Zealand as the fourth match of Williams’ suspension — is not acceptable.

The panel, which included two former Wallabies, said the match between the All Blacks and the Counties and Taranaki provinces was not “meaningful.”

In a statement on Friday, New Zealand Rugby said it would ask World Rugby’s appeals committee to review the decision which will see Williams complete his suspension on August 20, the day after the Bledisloe Cup Test in Sydney.

“Sonny Bill Williams has appealed the World Rugby judicial committee’s decision not to include the All Blacks match on 11 August (a split game of 40 minutes each against Counties-Manukau and Taranaki) in the four-week suspension given to Williams following a hearing into the red card he received in the second Test against the touring British & Irish Lions,” the statement said. “As the matter will now be decided by an appeal committee, no further comment will be made at this time.”

The Wallabies must successfully target dynamic All Blacks second rowers Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock when they attempt to turn their Bledisloe Cup fortunes around, says Australian backrower Rory Arnold.

The formidable duo of Retallick and Whitelock has been one of the great strengths of the world champion All Blacks’ forward ­machine in recent years and both are used to winning against the Wallabies.

Whitelock has tasted defeat just three times in 20 games Tests against Australia and Retallick once in 15.

Rising Wallabies lock Rory ­Arnold said getting an edge over the duo was key for his team.

“They’ve been world-class locks now for a number of years, so if we want to dominate up front we know we’ve got to go at those blokes,” said Arnold. “We’re going to have to be at our best, the second-rowers, to take those blokes on.”

While Whitelock and Retallick have been a constant force for New Zealand, Australia have chopped and changed their second-row combinations since the 2015 World Cup final against the All Blacks.

Coach Michael Cheika used five starting second-row combinations in the first five Tests of 2016 and seven in total across the season as six different locks got an opportunity in the run-on side.

In the June Tests, Cheika started with Adam Coleman and Sam Carter and then brought in Arnold for the last match.

“He sort of swapped and changed a fair bit last year, so I’m not sure how he’s going to go this year with those second-row spots,” Arnold said.

Arnold said he felt a little bit more comfortable in the international environment than in his first season at that level last year. source

All Blacks vs Wallabies 2017 Live Stream: How to watch online

Get Now- All Blacks vs Wallabies Live Stream Online Free HD TV Rugby 2017. Watch New Zealand vs Australia-Rugby Championship. Wallabies v All Blacks – Bledisloe Cup. Sydney – Australia can still challenge the All Blacks this season despite the nation’s abysmal record against New Zealand teams in Super Rugby, Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has said.The five Australian sides have lost all 17 Super Rugby matches against their New Zealand counterparts and chances to break the drought are fast running out.

“I can understand why people might think it’s all doom and gloom – a hundred per cent,” Cheika said in comments published by The Australian newspaper on Wednesday.But it’s not from my perspective.”I know the Super Rugby form from our teams hasn’t been brilliant. No one can argue with that, but there’s been some good performances.

“We’ve been watching players individually in detail, not just the established guys but the new ones too, and there’s plenty to like.”Cheika led the Waratahs to the Super Rugby title in 2014 but it has been downhill for the Australian conference since, as New Zealand has gone from strength to strength.Australia’s teams managed only three wins against New Zealand opponents in Super Rugby last year, which preceded the Wallabies’ 3-0 thrashing by the All Blacks in the annual Bledisloe Cup series.

New Zealand’s dominance has raised grave concerns about the state of the game in Australia, where Super Rugby coaches have backed calls for a national conclave to help halt the slump at provincial level.The Wallabies were whitewashed 3-0 by Eddie Jones’s England in last year’s June internationals but face more modest opponents next month in Fiji, Scotland and Italy.Cheika said he would use the matches to bed down a new generation of players that would carry through to the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

“We started this last year and copped a bit of grief with our mixed results, about 50 percent (winning record), but with the ­experience they’ve gained and a little bit of hardship, I think they’ll be better,” he said.

“I know people All Blacks vs Wallabies Live will say ‘yeah, yeah, yeah’, but we’ve got a good bunch of young guys in this (World Cup) cycle. Now it’s all about creating that competition and putting the squeeze on the older, established guys.”Cheika conceded there was a lot of work to be done before the Wallabies face the All Blacks in their Bledisloe Cup opener in Sydney on August 19, also the teams’ first match of the southern hemisphere’s Rugby Championship tournament.

“We have to change a few things, change attitudes and mindsets, but I still believe strongly in the guys we’ve got.”SYDNEY – Australia coach Michael Cheika said his revamp of the Wallabies was “in a good place” on Friday after he named seven uncapped players in his squad for the Rugby Championship opener against New Zealand.

Looking to overhaul the ageing squad that reached the 2015 World Cup final, Cheika handed debuts to 13 players last season with five more blooded in the international window in June.To those could now be added hooker Jordan Uelese, flanker Adam Korczyk and lock Izack Rodda as well as outside backs Izaia Perese, Billy Meakes, Marika Koroibete and Curtis Rona, the latter two bolstering the contingent of rugby league converts.

Cheika said all of them would be contending for spots in the team for the 19 August clash at Sydney’s Olympic Stadium, the first of two meetings in two weeks with the All Blacks to open the southern hemisphere tournament.The squad naming came a few days after flanker Michael Hooper was installed as Wallabies captain in place of Stephen Moore and on Friday Cheika also announced experienced halfbacks Will Genia and Bernard Foley as his vice captains.

“Since the start of 2016, we’ve started turning the list around and I think we’re in a good space with that right now,” Cheika told reporters.“We’ve got a new leadership in now and there’s still a few players coming back to join on the journey for the next couple of years.“But at the same time, the guys that started last year are starting to get into the double digits, the 20s, of test experience, which is essential.

“So any newer players we bring in over the next year or two will just fit into that environment and the standards of the players who are in there.”The chances of the four uncapped backs in the squad making the matchday 23 were lessened by Cheika’s confidence that centre Samu Kerevi and utility Kurtley Beale would be fit after pectoral and hamstring injuries respectively.

Australia’s results have undoubtedly suffered during the rebuilding period with nine losses from 15 matches in 2016 and a shock defeat to Scotland in June.While the first of three Bledisloe Cup tests this year against the world champions might not look like the best environment to introduce players to test rugby, Cheika was satisfied it would not be a gamble.

“There’s no risk, if a guy’s in the squad he’s ready to play,” Cheika added.“There’s only 34 in the squad so there’s a good chance you are going to see one or two of them in there, for sure.”

Squad:

Forwards – Allan Alaalatoa, Rory Arnold, Adam Coleman, Jack Dempsey, Kane Douglas, Tetera Faulkner, Ned Hanigan, Michael Hooper (captain), Sekope Kepu, Adam Korczyk, Sean McMahon, Stephen Moore, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Tom Robertson, Izack Rodda, Rob Simmons, Scott Sio, Lopeti Timani, Jordan Uelese.

Backs – Kurtley Beale, Israel Folau, Bernard Foley, Will Genia, Dane Haylett-Petty, Reece Hodge, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete, Tevita Kuridrani, Billy Meakes, Izaia Perese, Nick Phipps, Joe Powell, Curtis Rona, Henry Speight.General public tickets go on sale tomorrow (Tuesday 11 July) for the 2017 Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup Test matches in Australia, with four huge battles set for Sydney, Perth, Canberra and Brisbane.

The Rugby Championship will see historic rivalries resume and for the first time since 2014, Australian fans will see two Bledisloe Cup matches on home soil, in Sydney and Brisbane.

Having introduced thirteen debutants in 2016 and six more during the recent June Series, the new-look Qantas Wallabies side will be out to prove themselves against their fellow Southern Hemisphere nations in the competition’s sixth year.

Australia will kick off its 2017 campaign with a home ground advantage on Saturday 19 August at ANZ Stadium, Sydney – the same venue where they last beat the All Blacks in 2015.

From there, the men in gold head west to Perth where they will confront the Springboks at nib Stadium on Saturday 9 September.

On Saturday 16 September, the Qantas Wallabies will converge on our nation’s capital for the first time since 2010 to host Argentina at GIO Stadium. Australia’s Rugby Championship Test against Los Pumas will be their second clash in Canberra, 17 years after the first, which the Wallabies won 32-25.

The final Bledisloe Cup Test, to be held on Saturday 21 October at Suncorp Stadium, will be an historic occasion as the Wallabies will run out in a special Indigenous jersey for the first time.

Tickets for all Qantas Wallabies 2017 Rugby Championship home Test matches and the Bledisloe Cup clash in Brisbane can be purchased here.Wing Julian Savea is the high-profile absentee from the All Blacks Rugby Championship squad named this afternoon.

There is no room for the Hurricanes player, who turned 27 today. Savea, a virtual automatic selection on the left wing since making his test debut in 2012 has this year struggled to re-discover the sort of form which has seen him score 46 tries in 54 tests.He was left on the reserves bench for the Hurricanes’ semifinal defeat by the Lions in Johannesburg.

Another to miss out is Crusaders flanker Matt Todd, outstanding again for his team during their Super Rugby final victory over the Lions at Ellis Park.The big winners in the 33-player squad are Chiefs prop Nepo Laulala, a front-runner to replace the departing Charlie Faumuina after recovering from a knee reconstruction last year, and Hurricanes wing Nehe Milner-Skudder, who is also back in the frame following injury. Chiefs prop Atu Moli has been named as an “apprentice”.

All Blacks vs Wallabies Live Stream head coach Steve Hansen said: “Firstly, we congratulate all players selected for the Investec Rugby Championship, particularly Nepo and Nehe, who we welcome back.Conversely, we commiserate with those who have missed out, particularly Julian Savea and the unlucky Matt Todd, both of whom have made great contributions to the All Blacks jersey and will do so again in the future, I’m sure.”

Damian McKenzie has been named as a replacement for All Blacks vice-captain Ben Smith, who will take an extended break from the game following the first two Bledisloe Cup matches.The All Blacks will play their first test of the championship against the Wallabies in Sydney a week on Saturday, returning to play them in Dunedin a week later.

“For us, it’s case of re-establishing ourselves and building on our good work from last year and during the recent DHL New Zealand Lions series,” Hansen said. “There were some clear things learnt in the Lions series and this is a great chance for us to implement those; to continue to grow our skill execution and the mental side of our game, and develop our leadership and the leadership group.

 

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All Blacks vs Wallabies : Wallabies watch Lions Tests to find inspiration to defeating All Blacks

Get Now- All Blacks vs Wallabies Live Stream Online Free HD TV Rugby 2017. Watch New Zealand vs Australia-Rugby Championship. Wallabies v All Blacks – Bledisloe Cup.  Thorn played 59 tests for the All Blacks and won a Rugby World Cup title in 2011. Since retiring from rugby in 2014 he’s been coaching in Australia. He’s currently the Reds contact coach as well as the coach of the Queensland under-20s team.According to rugby.com.au, Thorn was in camp for an ‘educational perspective’.

The Wallabies and All Blacks clash in the Rugby Championship opener on August 19 in Sydney before meeting a week later in Dunedin.Gregan was part of the last Wallabies team to hold the Bledisloe Cup in 2003 and won 12 tests against the All Blacks.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika had high praise of the former halfback who famously called out ‘four more years’ to the All Blacks players late in the 2003 Rugby World Cup semifinal victory.”There’s no one better – he’s the number one around his attitude, leadership, work ethic, he’s got all those things,” Cheika said.

“It’s just experience from a player who’s been there, done that, well-respected by guys he played against and guy he’s played with,” he said.”I played with him and against him and he’s so well-respected so I think it was logical for him to come in and I’ll try and get that happening on an ongoing basis.”

Returning Wallaby Nick Phipps says Michael Cheika’s “unrelenting” fitness regime ahead of the first Bledisloe Cup test will instil a mental toughness in the squad required to beat the All Blacks.In the aftermath of the three June tests, Cheika questioned whether Australia’s cream of the crop were fit enough to play the style of rugby he wanted them to play.

So it is no surprise that Cheika and Wallabies staff have been running players into the ground since Thursday to get them in peak physical condition. If you were a conspiracy theorist, or prone to the odd bout of paranoia, it would not be too difficult to make the case that there are forces at play looking to bring the All Blacks down a peg or two.Of course we are all too level-headed to entertain such preposterous notions. But still …

World Rugby’s recent decision on the Sonny Bill Williams suspension to rub out the All Blacks’ looming August 11 match-up against provincial sides Counties Manukau and Taranaki as a “meaningful” contest, and thus render the midfielder unavailable for the opening Bledisloe in Sydney on August 19, isn’t in itself reason alone for Steve Hansen and co to start taking furtive glances over their shoulders.

Let’s look at the Williams decision in isolation, which has been appealed by the player and will have to be further considered, hopefully by people who are not Australian, and especially not former Wallabies.

Yes, the three-man panel that firstly deemed Williams’ hit on Anthony Watson in the second British and Irish Lions test to be worth four “meaningful” matches’ suspension, and then further decreed that the All Blacks’ 40 minutes each against Counties and Taranaki did not meet that criteria, contained three Australians, two of whom are ex-Wallabies.

And what is the test that Williams misses because of their ruling? Why, Australia.That’s not to suggest judiciary officers Adam Casselden, David Croft, and John Langford are anything but gentlemen of the utmost integrity and independence.But perception is an important thing in these matters, and the perception of neutrality in the decision-making process is fundamental.

It’s why, at great cost, international rugby has neutral referees. That’s not to say referees would blatantly favour their home countries (Hansen actually conceded he would have preferred Welshman Nigel Owens refereed all three tests against the Lions), but just that by having an independent official any such notions are completely removed.

The decision itself has the All Blacks fuming.If the All Blacks had just played 80 minutes against Counties, that would have been fine. All very “meaningful”. Same against Taranaki.

But the problem is a full match against either of those sides wouldn’t have been very “meaningful” for the All Blacks, because they would win too easily. Outgunned opponents might be able to hang in for 40, but over 80 they will be ground into the turf.

So the All Blacks, by way of ratcheting up the “meaningful” meter, have come up with this concept of 40 minutes each against two fresh sides, and they actually get something out of it, as do the provincial plodders who round out a worthwhile exercise by playing 40 minutes against each other.

It’s so “meaningful” it’s being televised, and punters are forking out hard-earned wedge to watch.Yes, it’s semantics. Yes, you can probably make a good case either way. And, yes, the All Blacks don’t need SBW to roll the Wallabies.But there’s a principle here. And a worrying trend of key decisions going against the world’s No 1 side.

Did you know that the All Blacks, or New Zealand Rugby, are yet to receive a justification from World Rugby on what transpired in the closing minutes of the third test against the Lions at Eden Park They are expecting one. But the silence has been deafening.

I have also twice sought clarification on what transpired, and been told only this: “We support the use of the TMO (within protocol) and the team’s decision-making process. All performances are subject to 360 review.”

Fair enough. They’re not obligated to be transparent with the media. But surely they owe the All Blacks an explanation as to why, at the defining moment of the match, a referee blatantly changed his decision, when there was no video evidence to suggest he was entitled to.

Hansen refused to complain about the injustice. But that doesn’t mean he or his players weren’t upset by it.Try this test: imagine if the situation had been reversed, and the Lions had been robbed of an awarded penalty on a sideline official’s encouragement, with no video backup to support it. The British and Irish roar would still be ringing out.

Almost every big decision went against the All Blacks over the final two tests, and around the judicial committee rooms. It happens. You make your own luck. But when you add everything together, you just can’t help but wonder…   Source

All Blacks vs Wallabies Live: Wallabies must target All Blacks’ dynamic lock duo

Get Now- All Blacks vs Wallabies Live Stream Online Free HD TV Rugby 2017. Watch New Zealand vs Australia-Rugby Championship. Wallabies v All Blacks – Bledisloe Cup.  Rugby league converts Curtis Rona and Marika Koroibete have been included, Force centre Billy Meakes has been named in his first official Wallabies squad, as has Rebels rake Jordan Uelese.The Wallabies haven’t held the Bledisloe Cup since 2002 and their last victory over the All Blacks was in Sydney in 2015.

After NSW flanker Michael Hooper was named the new captain on Wednesday, Cheika on Friday opted for experienced halves Will Genia and Bernard Foley as his two vice-captains.“I really love this Wallabies team, and love any chance I get to wear the gold jersey but to be named vice-captain really is an honour,” Genia said.

“I want to thank Cheik for putting that trust in me — and I will be doing everything in my power to support Hoops in whatever way possible alongside Bernard.”Foley added: “It’s a huge personal honour to be vice-captain of this team and I am looking forward to working with all the leaders in this team to ensure the Wallabies elevate to the best we possibly can be.

“Hoops is a remarkable leader, and I believe with the other leaders in the team we can compliment his style and assist him in that responsibility.”Uncapped Reds trio Izack Rodda, Adam Korczyk and Izaia Perese will also press for selection in Cheika’s matchday 23, with the squad to assemble in Cessnock on Sunday to continue preparing for the opening Bledisloe Test in Sydney on August 19.

Cheika has also recalled experienced locks Rob Simmons and Kane Douglas, after the Reds duo missed out on selection in June.But the news isn’t as good for Brumbies captain Sam Carter, who, along with Force backrower Richard Hardwick has been dumped from the squad after featuring heavily throughout the June Tests.

Japan-bound Sean McMahon and Waratahs halfback Nick Phipps also return to the squad after missing June’s three Tests due to injuries.Playmaker Kurtley Beale is included after returning from a season with Wasps in the English Premiership.

Force prop Tetera Faulkner also returns for the first time since 2014 after impressing throughoutAn injury to Rebels winger Sefa Naivalu, who scored twice against Italy in June before leaving the field because of an ankle injury, opens up a spot for Koroibete and Rona.

Henry Speight and Dane Haylett-Petty are the favourites for the wing positions, but the finishing ability of Koroibete and Rona, who can also play outside centre, will likely see them compete for the No 23 jersey.

Karmichael Hunt’s ankle injury has also paved the way for Meakes to be included in the squad, with the Wallabies lacking depth at inside centre.Rebels rookie Uelese has been included as the third hooker in the squad after Waratahs rake Tolu Latu was ruled out with a neck injury.

It’s easy to make a strong case for that blackout selection especially with the recent trans-Tasman superiority swinging strongly in favour of New Zealand and with the need to sprinkle the sort of mischief which approaches every annual Bledisloe Cup series.

The Wallabies are struggling to create some current greats but there have been plenty to challenge that status since the play for pay internationals started in 1996.

Two Wallabies are locked into my trans-Tasman XV, midfield back Tim Horan and lock John Eales while Joe Roff, Stephen Larkham, George Gregan, Toutai Kefu, George Smith and Phil Kearns are rapping on the selectors’ door.

His scrum penalty against Lions tighthead Ruan Dreyer just before half time was a huge moment in the match and allowed the Crusaders to keep accumulating the points they would need at the back end.

4. Ryan Crotty was my man of the match. I still expect the Crusaders No.12 to wear No.13 in the first Bledisloe Test to accommodate Sonny Bill Williams at No.12 but regardless of his position he is likely to be the key defensive organiser the Wallabies will have to outwit.

His ability to create tries as well as stop them should not be underestimated. He played a key role in Crusaders tries in both the semi-final and the final and has also added a cross-kick to his armoury.

He is clearly the best midfielder in All Blacks vs Wallabies, although it says a lot about Ruan Ackermann’s power and potential that the young Lions No.8 was twice able to bump him off in the final.

5. South Africa’s drought continues. It is now seven years since the South Africans won Super Rugby, and in that period the Wallabies have twice performed better at World Cups than the Springboks and won two Super Rugby titles.

There will now be the traditional exodus of South African players and coaches (such as the Lions’ Johan Ackermann) to greener pastures in Europe and Japan, while the Cheetahs and Kings (one of the bright spots of South African rugby this year) join the Pro14 tournament.

The Lions aside, these are difficult times for South African rugby. Super Rugby’s format change next year means that South Africa is only guaranteed of hosting one quarter-final, instead of two under the current format. This era of Kiwi dominance isn’t likely to change. Source

All Blacks vs Wallabies: All Blacks add new blood ahead of Bledisloe Cup clash

Australia were heavily under-represented in the All Blacks vs Wallabies finals, with just the Brumbies qualifying by way of winning the Australian conference, only to be eliminated at the first hurdle. Not only that, but Australian sides lost all 26 encounters with New Zealand teams during the 2017 competition, although Hansen believes that will have no impact on their national side.

“What happens in franchises and provincial games is irrelevant,” Hansen said.You’re bringing the best of what they’ve got.“They’ve had plenty of time to get ready, so that could be an advantage to them.”

The All Blacks and Wallabies will meet in Sydney on August 19.But not before leaving some of golf’s best players impressed that a two-time MVP for the Golden State Warriors could enter their arena and look respectable.

Curry opened with a 4-over 74 on the TPC Stonebrae and needed a career round to stay for the weekend. Instead, he shot 39 on the front nine Friday, and 34 on the back, for another 74. He was 8 over for the tournament.That was awesome what he did yesterday,” British Open champion Jordan Spieth said Friday at the Bridgestone Invitational. “I think he certainly beat most everybody’s expectations, but I don’t think that really surprised him“It was pretty cool – really cool – to see. You see him fist-pumping out there, and just him talking about how nervous he was when he heard his name called, it just makes us feel a little better when sometimes some of the stuff he does looks like a robot.”One of the highlights for Curry in the opening round was a long birdie putt and telling his caddie to “Go get that” from the cup. That was the famous line Spieth said to his caddie at Royal Birkdale two weeks ago after a 50-foot eagle putt to take the lead“To be honest, I think it’s pretty special for a two-time MVP to be able to shoot 74 at a pro event and beat other pros,” former PGA champion Jason Day said.No one expected very much out of Curry, who last year played in the pro-am at the PGA Tour’s season opener in Napa. The field included players who have competed in majors this year, and seven players who have won on the PGA Tour. All Blacks vs Wallabies

The question in some corners was how high his score would be.“I was asked if I thought he was going to break 80, and that’s the hand grenade question,” Paul Casey said. “But 4 over is really good. It’s a lot of pressure, and he exceeded my expectations.”

Zach Johnson, a two-time major champion, said he has a friend who knows Curry and said he was a good player. The score in the first round was enough to make a believer out of Johnson.

“Clearly, he is,” Johnson said. “I don’t know that golf course. Someone said they shoot pretty low there often, but it doesn’t matter. You’ve still got to put the ball in the hole. First round as an amateur in a professional tournament? That’s pretty good.” All Blacks vs Wallabies

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