Australia Wallabies face stiff Bledisloe Cup switch

07:37  25 july  2021
07:37  25 july  2021 Source:   aap.com.au

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The Bledisloe Cup is staying in New Zealand and the All Blacks' 33-year winning streak over the Wallabies at Eden Park continues. Turnovers cost the Wallabies dearly but credit has to go to New Zealand for pouncing on counter-attack. Their work at the breakdown was immense too. Wallabies completely outplayed, save for perhaps the first 15 minutes or so. Hodge is hammered in a tackle but the pass to him was forward. Aussies playing very flat but going sideways more than they did in Perth. I reckon that's a really stiff call on Beale for the forward pass but ultimately it doesn't make a difference.

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The Wallabies face playing two consecutive Bledisloe Cup Tests in New Zealand before taking on the All Blacks in Perth in a condensed Test schedule to accommodate COVID-19 travel restrictions.

a female football player on a field: The Wallabies' Bledisloe Cup schedule has been turned on its head by COVID-19 travel restrictions. © Darren England/AAP PHOTOS The Wallabies' Bledisloe Cup schedule has been turned on its head by COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Australia were set to take on the All Blacks in Auckland on August 7, then Perth on August 21 and then Wellington for the third Cup clash on August 28.

While plans still need to signed off, the Wallabies are now likely to play Tests in New Zealand on August 7 and 14, before flying to Perth for the remaining match a week later.

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The Wallabies have kept their winning Bledisloe Cup line-up apart from one injury-forced change with lock Adam Coleman replacing Rory Arnold, while the All Blacks dumped star wingers Ben Smith and Rieko Ioane, along with centurion prop Owen Franks, in a sensational move ahead of Saturday’s Test in Auckland. Cheika has played down the nature of the lopsided Perth result, saying it merely earned the Wallabies a ticket to Auckland. Australia will return with the Bledisloe Cup if they can end their 33-year hex at Eden Park with a win or a draw. They have lost their last 22 Tests in New Zealand, dating

Already chasing a Cup drought that dates back to 2002, Wallabies coach Dave Rennie emphatically ruled out playing all three Tests in New Zealand.

"We've talked about being prepared to be flexible and play on the 14th in New Zealand so that's one of the likely outcomes but there's certainly no option to play all three Tests in New Zealand," Rennie said on Sunday.

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"It's unlikely that the Wellington Test will be played on the 28th with us all going to Perth and then have to come back, so we could be playing seventh, 14th and 21st, with the last one in Perth.

"Nothing is confirmed ... there's a lot of tickets being sold for Auckland and Perth that's probably set in concrete and it's just whether both parties can make the 14th work.

"Our mindset is to win a Bledisloe in you have have to win at least one in NZ to give us a chance in Perth so nothing changes really."

With the New Zealand government pausing the trans-Tasman travel bubble from next Friday for eight weeks, the Wallabies are set to get an exemption to fly from their Gold Coast base on that day to beat the deadline.

"We have been constantly COVID tested twice a week for the last few weeks and we'll test again today, we'll test again on Wednesday and likelihood is will travel Friday," Rennie said.

"So we'll be over there for eight days out from the first Test."

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