Australia v New Zealand Teams for Bledisloe Cup match

The Qantas Wallabies and New Zealand teams to meet in the Bundaberg Rum, Investec, Tri Nations Series and Bledisloe Cup at ANZ Stadium, Sydney on Saturday 11 September, 11:00 kick off live on SkySports1. Have been announced.

Lachie Turner comes in for the injured Drew Mitchell as the only change to the Qantas Wallabies starting 15 that has been announced for Saturday nights third Bledisloe Cup match in Sydney.

Other changes effect the bench where Brumbies hooker Huia Edmonds takes over from the suspended Saia Faingaa. The New Zealand-born Edmonds made his Test début earlier in the year against Fiji, and then appeared from the bench during the two Tests against England in June. Edmonds is one of three Wallabies players in the squad who will be appearing against the All Blacks for the first time. The others are flyhalf Quade Cooper and No 8 Ben McCalman.

All Blacks make five changes for Tri-Nations and Bledisloe Cup match. Fly-half Aaron Cruden will make his first start for New Zealand and Israel Dagg comes in on the left wing replacing Joe Rokocoko whilst Piri Weepu replaces Jimmy Cowan at scrum-half. Owen Franks replaces brother Ben at tighthead prop and Victor Vito replaces Jerome Kaino at blind-side flanker.


Australia: Kurtley Beale, James O’Connor, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Matt Giteau, Lachie Turner, Quade Cooper, Will Genia, Ben McCalman, David Pocock, Rocky Elsom (C), Nathan Sharpe, Mark Chisholm, Salesi Ma’afu, Stephen Moore, Benn Robinson.
Replacements: Huia Edmonds, James Slipper, Dean Mumm, Richard Brown, Luke Burgess, Berrick Barnes, Anthony Fainga’a

New Zealand: Mils Muliaina, Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Israel Dagg, Aaron Cruden, Piri Weepu, Tony Woodcock, Kevin Mealamu, Owen Franks, Tom Donnelly, Brad Thorn, Victor Vito, Richie McCaw (C), Kieran Read.
Replacements: Corey Flynn, John Afoa, Anthony Boric, Jerome Kaino, Jimmy Cowan, Colin Slade, Rene Ranger.