New Zealand vs Australia lineups confirmed: Team news ahead of Rugby Championship match

Published by
Peter Kavinsky

New Zealand host Australia in the Rugby Championship on Saturday with everything still to play for.

Both teams can lift the trophy, but New Zealand have received a boost with number 8 Ardie Savea set to return. He missed the game against the Wallabies last Thursday due to the birth of his son, but will return to the field this weekend.

“He’s fresh here but he’s just had another baby so I’m sure there will be some sleepless nights – but he’s great for us,” coach Jason Ryan said in practice on Tuesday.

“He is a real energy giver. We got a lot of energy from him in our group and having this week off will definitely refresh him.”

But who else will line up for New Zealand and how can fans watch? Here’s everything you need to know.

When is it?

The match will take place on Saturday, September 24 at 8:05 am BST.

How can I watch?

The game will be available to watch on Sky Sports and the Sky Go app.

If you are not a Sky customer, you can get a NOWTV Daily Pass here to watch without subscription.

team news

The All Blacks will be without captain Sam Cane for their clash with Australia at Eden Park this weekend, but Ardie Savea returns to the back row. Lock Sam Whitelock will lead the team in Cane’s absence, while Dalton Papali’i replaces Cane on the open flank on an all-new backline, with Akira Ioane on the blind side for the injured Scott Barrett and Savea back at number eight after miss the Melbourne match for the birth of their third child.

Dave Rennie made two changes to his peloton but kept his bottom line intact. Cadeyrn Neville comes to the second row in place of Matt Philip and the return of Harry Wilson at number eight means a switch to the blindside flanker for Rob Valetini, who again excelled in the controversial 39-37 loss to New Zealand last night. match.

Loose forward Rob Leota tore an Achilles tendon against the All Blacks in Melbourne, requiring changes from the backline, but Pete Samu keeps his spot on the flank open after a stellar performance in his first game of the season.

confirmed lineups

New Zealand: 15-Beauden Barratt, 14-Will Jordan, 13-Rieko Ioane, 12-Jordie Barrett, 11-Caleb Clarke, 10-Richie Mo’unga, 9-Aaron Smith, 8-Ardie Savea, 7-Dalton Papali’ i, 6-Akira Ioane, 5-Sam Whitelock (Captain), 4-Brodie Retallick, 3-Tyrel Lomax, 2-Codie Taylor, 1-Ethan de Groot

Substitutions: 16-Samison Taukei’aho, 17-Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 18-Nepo Laulala, 19-Tupou Vaa’i, 20-Hoskins Sotutu, 21-Finlay Christie, 22-Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, 23-Sevu Reece

Australia: 15-Andrew Kellaway, 14-Tom Wright, 13-Len Ikitau, 12-Lalakai Foketi, 11-Marika Koroibete, 10-Bernard Foley, 9-Jake Gordon, 8-Harry Wilson, 7-Pete Samu, 6-Rob Valetini, 5-Cadeyrn Neville, 4-Jed Holloway, 3-Allan Alaalatoa, 2-Dave Porecki, 1-James Slipper (captain)

substitutions: 16-Folau Fainga’a, 17-Angus Bell, 18-Pone Ma’ai’ai, 19-Nick Frost, 20-Fraser McReight, 21-Nic White, 22-Reece Hodge, 23-Jordan Petaia


New Zealand – 1/12

Raffle – 1/30

Australia – 01/07


Australia will suffer from last week’s result and will come out with all their weapons drawn, but the All Blacks will have enough in the tank to sew the game together. New Zealand 35-20 Australia.

Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at

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