World News – AU – Rugby test returns with Bledisloe Cup


Finally, the opening of the Bledisloe Cup on Sunday in Wellington will end almost an entire year without international rugby

Since South Africa hoisted the Webb Ellis Cup in November last year, two top rugby nations have failed to compete on the pitch

The deck is stacked against Australia, with a new coach, four international debutants and the midlife challenge before considering formidable opponents

It’s been 19 years since the Wallabies won in New Zealand, and the All Blacks are hungry to start their new chapter under the guidance of first-time coach Ian Foster

Captain Sam Cane, on his first outing as named skipper, said the All Blacks don’t need to tap into their World Cup semi-final outing to motivate themselves


« It’s the start of a new era and the Bledisloe Cup is on the line, » he said in a neutral tone

« We want to go out there and put the first mark in the sand and win this »

In his first outing with the Wallabies, Wellington-raised Dave Rennie will bloody Harry Wilson, Hunter Paisami and Filipo Daugunu against the world2 s

Half-shuttlecock Noah Lolesio will likely make his bench debut, while Jake Gordon could also come in for his second gold outing

Hooper said the afternoon kickoff, at 4:00 p.m. local time or 2:00 p.m. AEDT, gave him a new experience in his historic match – which could also help with the butterflies pre-game in the stomach

« The beauty of an afternoon game is that there is no extended draw at the game

« You wake up, you have your breakfast, maybe you have a little activation at some point and before you know it you’re on the bus »

Although there are around 30,000 fans at Sky Stadium in Wellington, the game will unfortunately not be a sale

Almost all adult tickets cost NZ $ 150 (A $ 138), and more for premium seats, as NZ Rugby seeks to maximize revenue from its hit COVID season

After a national season with limited crowds, Hooper said he was happy to play in front of any audience, albeit passionately pro-Kiwi

« It’s going to be noisy in there and we’re so excited We are lucky to have been able to start the international tests again and what a way to do it with the Bledisloe »

Bledisloe Cup, All Blacks vs Wallabies 2020

World news – UA – Rugby test returns with Bledisloe Cup


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