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Australia make one Bledisloe Cup change for New Zealand




Australia head coach Michael Cheika has made one change to his Wallabies team to play New Zealand’s All Blacks in the third and final Bledisloe Cup clash this year to be held at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

Head coach Cheika has made one forced change to his starting fifteen with Rob Simmons shifting into the second row after Izack Rodda underwent surgery on an injured shoulder.

The Wallabies starting side remains otherwise unchanged for the final Bledisloe Cup clash against New Zealand on Saturday night at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

Rodda’s injury has also forced a tinkering amongst the finishers as well, with Ned Hanigan returning as the backrow cover.

The third and final Bledisloe Cup clash will be an historic occasion with the Wallabies to become the first national side to wear an Indigenous jersey, celebrating the contribution of past, present and future Indigenous Australians.

It’s also set to be a memorable night for former captain Stephen Moore, who will farewell his home crowd in Brisbane at international level and in doing so, become the ninth most-capped Test player of all-time.

The Wallabies will be out to turn the tide against New Zealand having not tasted victory against the All Blacks since August 2015.


1. Scott Sio , 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau, 3. Sekope Kepu, 4. Rob Simmons, 5. Adam Coleman, 6. Jack Dempsey, 7. Michael Hooper (c), 8. Sean McMahon , 9. Will Genia (vc) , 10. Bernard Foley (vc), 11. Reece Hodge , 12. Kurtley Beale , 13. Tevita Kuridrani, 14. Marika Koroibete , 15. Israel Folau ,

Replacements : 16. Stephen Moore , 17. Tom Robertson, 18. Allan Alaalatoa, 19. Lukhan Tui, 20. Ned Hanigan, 21. Nick Phipps, 22. Samu Kerevi, 23. Henry Speight

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