Hello everybody and welcome to live coverage of the Wallabies v the All Blacks from Optus Stadium in Perth. The third and final match in the Bledisloe Cup series, and fourth fixture of this year’s Rugby Championship, kicks-off at 2pm local time (4pm AEST / 6pm NZST).
New Zealand already have the Bledisloe Cup sewn up for the gazillionth year in a row following back-to-back victories at Eden Park, but that doesn’t mean this is a dead rubber. With The Rugby Championship now taking centre stage there’s all to play for in the unfamiliar surrounds of Perth’s magnificent Optus Stadium.
The Wallabies have been licking their wounds since the second of those Auckland defeats, frustrated with performances on the field and annoyed with New Zealand Rugby off it. On home soil Australia will be keen to assert themselves.
The All Blacks will not be at full strength with arguably the team’s three most important players all remaining on the Shaky Isles with their partners in the late stages of pregnancy. Fortunately Ian Foster needed only to call the Barrett household for reinforcements.