Wallabies coach Dave Rennie rings the changes for second Bledisloe Cup Test

Ross Houston
October 18, 2020

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has responded to claims from the All Blacks that Australia got away with illegal "off-the-ball" tackles in the opening Bledisloe Cup clash, saying his side had instead dealt with some concerns of their own through the correct channels.

Replacement lock Tupou Vaa'i was then hugely fortunate to escape sanction for multiple infringements, just five phases after Reece Hodge's penalty had dramatically struck the post after the fulltime siren.

That means first starts for the untested Tupou Vaa'i and Caleb Clarke, although Ian Foster will be thrilled to name Beauden Barrett (Achilles) at fullback after he was a late scratching last week.

As George Bridge is out of the season with an injury, Caleb Clarke returns at wing joining Jordie Barrett.

Despite Australia's delight after the first Test, Rennie had no room for sentiment as he made four changes to his line-up.

"That's test match footy in a nutshell - physicality, intensity". Mo'unga has retained the No. 10 jersey despite a poor performance in Wellington and lingering questions over his impact and decision-making.

Hooker Folau Fainga'a, who struggled at lineout time and almost gifted the All Blacks a try with a sloppy pass, makes way for Brandon Paenga-Amosa, and the size of the pack has been bolstered by Ned Hanigan replacing Pete Samu in the loose forwards.

Uncapped prop Alex Hodgman has been included on the bench, where he is joined by Taylor, Ioane and McKenzie.

Peter Umaga-Jensen has been hurriedly brought back into the extended squad as cover for Ioane, who started last week's 16-16 draw in Wellington but was moved to the bench for the game at Eden Park. Australia won the breakdown and collision areas in Wellington, playing with far more physical aggression.

Cane added that last week's result did not increase the pressure on the team, who have held the symbol of trans-Tasman supremacy since 2003. "So there has been plenty for us to work on".

"It's the last Test at home for us so there will also be massive excitement amongst our fans".

Hanigan has not played a Test since 2018 but Rennie said the 25-year-old deserved an global recall based on his training performances.

A couple of New Zealand-born protagonists in Australian colours believe the Wallabies can end their 34-year drought at Eden Park in tomorrow's Bledisloe Cup Test.

Australia: Tom Banks, Filipo Daugunu, Hunter Paisami, Matt To'omua, Marika Koroibete, James O'Connor, Nic White; Harry Wilson, Michael Hooper (captain), Ned Hanigan, Matt Philip, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Taniela Tupou, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, James Slipper.

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