5:45pm AWST (7:45pm AEST) Saturday, August 10 at Optus Stadium, Perth
Australia – $5 at Sportsbet
New Zealand – $1.18
The Bledisloe Cup heads to Perth for the first time this weekend as the Wallabies and the All Blacks renew hostilities at Optus Stadium.
With the series shortened to only two games ahead of the Rugby World Cup, this is the only time the old rivals will meet on Australian soil this year.
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The Aussies have made some bold selection calls as they look the end a 17-year drought against New Zealand.
The Kiwis have retained the title contiguously since 2003 and bring a powerful-looking squad into Saturday’s clash in WA.
Wallabies team news
James O’Connor will make his first Test start since 2013, replacing Tevita Kuridrani at outside centre. Allan Alaalatoa returns from injury, Nic White starts at halfback and Tolu Latu is named at hooker. David Pocock is still recovering from a calf injury, but Tom Banks and Adam Coleman are back on the bench.
Wallabies squad: Scott Sio, Tolu Latu, Allan Alaalatoa, Izack Rodda, Rory Arnold, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Michael Hooper, Isi Naisarani, Nic White, Christian Lealiifano, Marika Koroibete, Samu Kerevi, James O’Connor, Reece Hodge, Kurtley Beale. (Reserves: Folau Fainga’a, James Slipper, Taniela Tupou, Adam Coleman, Luke Jones, Will Genia, Matt To’omua, Tom Banks.)
All Blacks team news
Danes Coles returns at hooker, pushing Codie Taylor to the bench. Scott Barrett covers the injured Brodie Retallick in the second row and the in-form Ardie Savea starts on the flank, while Aaron Smith comes in at halfback and Anton Lienert-Brown fills out the centres.
All Blacks squad: Joe Moody, Dane Coles, Owen Franks, Scott Barrett, Samuel Whitelock, Ardie Savea, Sam Cane, Kieran Read, Aaron Smith, Richie Mo’unga, Rieko Ioane, Anton Lienert-Brown, Jack Goodhue, Ben Smith, Beauden Barrett. (Reserves: Codie Taylor, Atu Moli, Angus Ta’avao, Patrick Tuipulotu, Matt Todd, TJ Perenara, Ngani Laumape, George Bridge.)
Wallabies vs All Blacks tryscorer betting tips
Reece Hodge – The Melbourne Rebels star is Australia’s most likely outlet in the back half and offers decent odds of $4.50 at Sportsbet to score a try.
Beauden Barrett – New Zealand’s gun fullback is a born points-scorer. At $2.63 with Sportsbet to find the line at any time, Barrett has to figure in your calculations.
Wallabies vs All Blacks Game 1 predictions
This is a big night for WA sport and Australian rugby. Wallabies boss Michael Cheika has gambled with his team selection, but it is hard to see this rock-solid All Blacks side doing too much wrong. The bookies are predicting a big win for the visitors, which leaves excellent odds for the hosts to finish within a dozen points.
New Zealand by 1-12 points – $3 at Sportsbet