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Wounded All Blacks seek Eden Park 'statement' after Wallabies draw

Wounded All Blacks seek Eden Park 'statement' after Wallabies draw”

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.

Vaai and Clarke, who made their debuts last week as replacements, are making their first Test start in their second outing.

The changes signal Rennie's intent to try to match the expected step up in intensity from the All Blacks by ensuring the Wallabies remain equally charged for a big performance.

Harry Wilson, who played at blindside flanker in Wellington, shifts to number eight, with Pete Samu dropping out of the matchday squad for the Eden Park clash.

Brandon Paenga-Amosa runs against the Waratahs.

In other changes, Dane Coles will take over at hooker from Codie Taylor and Anton Lienert-Brown will start at center, displacing Rieko Ioane.

Subs: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Alex Hodgman, Nepo Laulala, 19 Scott Barrett, 20 Hoskins Sotutu, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Rieko Ioane, 23 Damian McKenzie.

But star playmaker Beauden Barrett returns at fullback, having been a late scratching through injury last week.

The changes seem to go little way toward remedying the weaknesses apparent in the All Blacks' game in Wellington.

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The All Blacks forward pack seemed to need major renovation to make it more physically competitive.

A win would increase their chances of winning back the Bledisloe Cup that the All Blacks have held since 2003.

All Blacks head coach Ian Foster said: "Our preparation this week has been really good". "So there has been plenty for us to work on".

The second Bledisloe Cup test is nearly upon us and - after last week's drawn opener - there's plenty to play for and plenty of pressure on the All Blacks to maintain their colossal Eden Park record.

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.

"Definitely there's the hype of Eden Park - The Fortress - but the mindset for us is it's just another field, just another game, just another place we're going to play", Paenga-Amosa said.

New Zealand: Beauden Barrett, Jordie Barrett, Anton Lienert-Brown, Jack Goodhue, Caleb Clarke, Richie Mo'unga, Aaron Smith; Ardie Savea, Sam Cane (captain), Shannon Frizell, Tupou Vaa'i, Patrick Tuipulotu, Ofa Tuungafasi, Dane Coles, Joe Moody.

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



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