Savea to skipper New Zealand against Wallabies in Cane’s absence

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Savea to skipper New Zealand against Wallabies in Cane’s absence

Ardie Savea will take over the captaincy for the All Blacks in their Rugby Championship test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Saturday. This comes after Sam Cane, another loose forward, was ruled out of the match due to a neck injury. Savea will lead a starting back row that includes Dalton Papali’i, who replaces Cane on the openside flank. This is the only change to the starting side from the team that defeated the Springboks two weeks ago.

On the bench, lock Sam Whitelock returns from injury and is joined by centre Anton Lienert-Brown, who was suspended for a dangerous tackle in the Super Rugby playoffs. Additionally, scrumhalf Cam Roigard has the opportunity to make his test debut as he aims to secure a spot in coach Ian Foster’s squad for the World Cup in France later this year.

Having already secured victories against Argentina and South Africa in the shortened Rugby Championship, a win at the MCG would grant New Zealand their 20th title in the southern hemisphere test championship. Foster expressed the significance of this final Rugby Championship test and the excitement surrounding the match against Australia at such an iconic venue.

The upcoming match is not only crucial for the Rugby Championship but also marks the beginning of a two-match Bledisloe Cup series against Australia. With New Zealand having held the trophy since 2003, the second test will be hosted in Dunedin on August 5. Foster acknowledged the importance of the Bledisloe Cup and expects a tough challenge from Australia on Saturday.

The All Blacks’ lineup for the match includes Beauden Barrett, Will Jordan, Rieko Ioane, Jordie Barrett, Mark Telea, Richie Mo’unga, Aaron Smith, Ardie Savea as captain, Dalton Papali’i, Shannon Frizell, Scott Barrett, Brodie Retallick, Tyrel Lomax, Codie Taylor, and Ethan de Groot. The replacements consist of Samisoni Taukei’aho, Ofa Tuungafasi, Nepo Laulala, Sam Whitelock, Luke Jacobson, Cam Roigard, Anton Lienert-Brown, and Caleb Clarke.

The article was reported by Nick Mulvenney and edited by Muralikumar Anantharaman, adhering to The Thomson RushHourDaily Trust Principles.

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