Even if the crowd is expected to be weak, the All Blacks will hope Eden Park can once more live up its past as a fortress when they take on Australia in Bledisloe III tonight.
New Zealand won 33-25 against the Wallabies last week at the same venue. However, it was packed with more than 47,000 people.
The stadium may only be half full this week after NZ Rugby had to relocate the test from Wellington due to the transtasman balloon closure and a scheduling conflict with Beervana. They were able to stage the fixture on just eight days notice. Sky Sport even offered two tickets for one to subscribers starting Friday because of the slow sales.
All Blacks vs Wallabies Live Stream Match Free Overview
Date: Saturday, 5 September 2021
Time: 8:05 AM in the UK
Tv Channel: Sky Sports
Location: Eden Park, Auckland
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Apathy among the Wallabies may be partly responsible for the low uptake. The All Blacks will win the Bledisloe Cup for the 19th consecutive year with a victory - an incredible record that gives the impression wins are easy against Australia. However, the reality is often far more complicated.
Following Anton Lienert Brown's knee injury, Ian Foster had to make two adjustments to his backline.
Rieko Ioane will move infield to begin in the No. 13 jersey and Will Jordan will take over as the starting right wing.
TJ Perenara, halfback, has been added to the gameday squad in order to make his test rugby return off the bench.
Dave Rennie has created a solid team and is transparent about its efforts to reach the All Blacks pack.
Matt To'omua's addition at the second five-eighth makes him an experienced head. Marika Koroibete's re-entry brings a genuine, world-class attacking threat.
Rennie clearly wanted his pack to be more assertive and to apply his trademark breakdown pressure when he recalls card magnet Lachie Swanton to the blindside and Matt Philip in the second row.
All Blacks Damian McKenzie, Will Jordan, Rieko Ioane, David Havili, Sevu Reece, Richie Mo'unga, Aaron Smith, Ardie Savea, Dalton Papalii, Akira Ioane, Sam Whitelock (c), Brodie Retallick, Nepo Laulala, Codie Taylor, George Bower.
Reserves Samisoni Taukei'aho, Karl Tu'inukuafe, Angus Ta'avao, Scott Barrett, Luke Jacobson, TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett, Jordie Barrett.
Australia Andrew Kellaway; Tom Banks; Hunter Paisami; Matt To'omua; Marika Koroibete. Noah Lolesio. Tate McDermott. Lachlan Swinton. Matt Philip. Darcy Swain. Brandon Paenga Amosa. James Slipper.
Reserves Jordan Uelese and Scott Sio are Taniela Tuou, Lukhan Salkaia-Loto. Harry Wilson, Nic White, Len Ikitau and Reece Hodge.