The 2019 Rugby Championship – Australia vs New Zealand Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Australia vs New Zealand taking place? Saturday 10th August, 10:45 (UK)

Where is Australia vs New Zealand taking place? Optus Stadium, Perth

What is the expected weather for Australia vs New Zealand? 16c with clear skies

What channel is Australia vs New Zealand on? Australia vs New Zealand will be shown live on Sky Sports Action

Where can I stream Australia vs New Zealand? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for Australia vs New Zealand? Check https://super.rugby/therugbychampionship/news/ for ticket information

What was the score in the last meeting? New Zealand 37-20 Australia

THE TEAM NEWS

AUSTRALIA

  • Australia bounced back from their defeat against South Africa in their opening match of the 2019 Rugby Championship by seeing off Argentina in a scrappy game and now face world champions New Zealand.

  • The Wallabies improved their superb record at Suncorp Stadium but now head to Perth where the Optus Stadium will play host to the first leg of the Bledisloe Cup which the Australians have not won since 2002.

  • Michael Cheika has made four changes to his starting XV for this clash with Allan Alaalatoa, Tolu Latu and Nic White coming in whilst James O’Connor will earn his first Test start since 2013 with the utility lining up in the centres.

NEW ZEALAND

  • New Zealand were held to a draw with South Africa in a pulsating Rugby Championship clash in Wellington but will look to get back to winning ways as they head to Australia for a clash with the Wallabies.

  • The All Blacks have won ten of their last 11 matches against the Wallabies and will be confident of improving that record but will need to do so with a much-changed side as Steve Hansen continues to tweak his team although he has insisted this is his strongest line-up available.

  • Brodie Retallick is out injured but Scott Barrett is back from an injury of his own to start at lock whilst Ardie Savea will start at blindside flanker for the first time and Aaron Smith is back in at halfback.

THE PREDICTION

Australia have history against them as they host New Zealand with the All Blacks dominating them in recent years. The Wallabies have only won one of the last 11 contests between the two teams and look to have another big task ahead of them here. A sold out Optus Stadium will make for a carnival atmosphere but with New Zealand going with a strong side after experimenting in their last two, they can continue their impressive record to claim the win here.

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