Ngani Laumape and Sam Whitelock return to All Blacks team for Bledisloe 3

Ian Foster has named a strong All Blacks team for Bledisloe 3, with six changes to the matchday squad that beat Australia in Game 2 at Eden Park. With prop Nepo Laulala and back-rower Ardie Savea both on paternity leave and unavailable for the ANZ Stadium clash, the All Blacks have promoted Hoskins Sotutu to […]

Ngani Laumape and Sam Whitelock return to All Blacks team for Bledisloe 3

Ian Foster has named a strong All Blacks team for Bledisloe 3, with six changes to the matchday squad that beat Australia in Game 2 at Eden Park.

With prop Nepo Laulala and back-rower Ardie Savea both on paternity leave and unavailable for the ANZ Stadium clash, the All Blacks have promoted Hoskins Sotutu to the starting side at number eight, bringing potential debutant Dalton Papalii and Tyrel Lomax onto the bench as reserve loose forward and front-rower respectively.

“He’s had plenty of minutes already in the Bledisloe Cup series and he’s ready to go,” Foster said of Sotutu, who has come off the bench in Games 1 and 2.

“He’s excited. It’s a chance to start his first Test so it’s pretty special for him.”

Sam Whitelock has overcome his concussion and returns to the starting second row, Tupou Vaa’i dropping out of side as a result, but Joe Moody has not recovered from his head knock. Karl Tu’inukuafe takes his place at prop.

The other changes comes on the bench, where barnstorming centre Ngani Laumape has been named. Laumape was a notable omission from the New Zealand World Cup squad, but makes his return to the side after injury hampered his 2020 domestic season.

He replaces Peter Umaga-Jensen amongst the reserves, while Reiko Ioane has also been added to the bench after being a late scratching for Eden Park with a minor hamstring strain. Ioane has forced Damian McKenzie out of the side.

All Blacks team for Bledisloe 3

1. Karl Tu’inukuafe
2. Dane Coles
3. Ofa Tuungafasi
4. Patrick Tuipulotu
5. Samuel Whitelock
6. Shannon Frizell
7. Sam Cane (c)
8. Hoskins Sotutu
9. Aaron Smith
10. Richie Mo’unga
11. Caleb Clarke
12. Jack Goodhue
13. Anton Lienert-Brown
14. Jordie Barrett
15. Beauden Barrett

Bench
16. Codie Taylor
17. Alex Hodgman
18. Tyrel Lomax
19. Scott Barrett
20. Dalton Papalii
21. TJ Perenara
22. Ngani Laumape
23. Rieko Ioane

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BREAKING: O’Connor injury forces major Wallabies shake-up in team for Bledisloe 3

The Wallabies have been forced into a major shake-up of their team for Bledisloe 3, with James O’Connor ruled out with a knee injury. Noah Lolesio will start at flyhalf in O’Connor’s place, and Irae Simone will take the no.12 jersey made vacant by Matt To’omua’s injury. Neither of them have ever played in a […]

BREAKING: O’Connor injury forces major Wallabies shake-up in team for Bledisloe 3

The Wallabies have been forced into a major shake-up of their team for Bledisloe 3, with James O’Connor ruled out with a knee injury.

Noah Lolesio will start at flyhalf in O’Connor’s place, and Irae Simone will take the no.12 jersey made vacant by Matt To’omua’s injury. Neither of them have ever played in a Test match, but were the first choice 10-12 pairing at the Brumbies this year.

There are two further debutants on the bench, with openside flanker Fraser McReight replacing his Reds captain Liam Wright, and fellow Queenslander Tate McDermott coming in for Jake Gordon as backup scrumhalf.

Another Red, Jordan Petaia, has been moved back into the starting side after a strong showing off the bench at Eden Park, coming into outside centre for Hunter Paisami, who has been shifted to the bench in the number 23 jersey. Reece Hodge remains the utility back, and looms as the only real option to cover flyhalf should Lolesio not be able to finish the match.

At fullback, Rennie has decided to bring in Rebels captain Dane Haylett-Petty for Tom Banks, who has been solid under the high ball without offering much in attack in the two games of the series so far.

While the backline has seen a major overhaul, the forwards have remained fairly steady. Ned Hanigan retains his place at blindside flanker in an unchanged back row, while the lock pairing of Matt Philip and Lukhan Salakaia-Loto has also been preserved.

The only change to the starting pack comes in the front row, where Allan Alaalatoa has taken Taniela Tupou’s place in the run-on side. The Brumbies captain starts alongside James Slipper and Brandon Paenga-Amosa, while Tupou will come off the bench along with Scott Sio, Jordan Uelese, Rob Simmons and Wright.

“It’s really exciting to be able to name four more debutants in the squad this week,” coach Dave Rennie said.

“Noah and Irae have played a lot of footy together and we have no doubt they’re ready to take the step up to Test rugby. Tate and Fraser have had big Super Rugby seasons and have impressed in training over the past month.

“It’s an especially significant night for us with the chance to represent and celebrate our First Nations people by wearing the Indigenous jersey on home soil in front of our Wallabies family.”

Wallabies team for Bledisloe 3

1. James Slipper
2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa
3. Allan Alaalatoa
4. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto
5. Matt Philip
6. Ned Hanigan
7. Michael Hooper (c)
8. Harry Wilson
9. Nic White
10. Noah Lolesio
11. Marika Koroibete
12. Irae Simone
13. Jordan Petaia
14. Filipo Daugunu
15. Dane Haylett-Petty

Bench
16. Jordan Uelese
17. Scott Sio
18. Taniela Tupou
19. Rob Simmons
20. Fraser McReight
21. Tate McDermott
22. Reece Hodge
23. Hunter Paisami

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