Find out how to tune into the first of this month’s matches between the All Blacks and Wallabies
Bledisloe Cup New Zealand v Australia live stream
Starter for ten: James O'Connor is at fly-half for Australia against New Zealand (Getty Images)
Bledisloe Cup New Zealand v Australia live stream: How to watch game one
Nearly a year has passed since New Zealand and Australia last played Test rugby, the All Blacks finishing third at last year’s World Cup and the Wallabies bowing out a couple of weeks earlier following a quarter-final defeat by England.
Now international rugby is back on the agenda, with back-to-back Bledisloe Cup fixtures in New Zealand over the next two weeks. The All Blacks have dominated these fixtures for the last two decades, with the Wallabies aiming to get their hands on the Bledisloe Cup for the first time since 2002.
Both countries have had a coaching change since the World Cup – Ian Foster has taken the All Blacks reins while Dave Rennie is now in charge of the Wallabies – and there is a real mix of the old and the new in the two teams selected for game one of the 2020 Bledisloe Cup series on Sunday (kick-off 4am UK & Ireland time).
Foster has named three uncapped players on the bench – Caleb Clarke, Hoskins Sotutu and Tupou Vaa’i – while Richie Mo’unga is selected at fly-half ahead of Beauden Barrett, who will start at full-back.
Jordie Barrett is on the wing while Rieko Ioane starts at outside-centre in the team captained by Sam Cane.
Wallabies captain Michael Hooper will win his 100th cap in Wellington, while there are three debutants in the line-up too – Harry Wilson, Hunter Paisami and Filipo Daugunu.
James O’Connor starts at fly-half for Australia for the first time since 2013 and has the experienced Matt To’omua and Nic White either side of him.
New Zealand: Beauden Barrett; Jordie Barrett, Rieko Ioane, Jack Goodhue, George Bridge; Richie Mo’unga, Aaron Smith; Joe Moody, Codie Taylor, Ofa Tuungafasi, Patrick Tuipulotu, Samuel Whitelock, Shannon Frizell, Sam Cane (captain), Ardie Savea.
Replacements: Dane Coles, Karl Tu’inukuafe, Nepo Laulala, Tupou Vaa’i, Hoskins Sotutu, TJ Perenara, Anton Lienert-Brown, Caleb Clarke.
Australia: Tom Banks; Filipo Daugunu, Hunter Paisami, Matt To’omua, Marika Koroibete; James O’Connor, Nic White; James Slipper, Folau Fainga’a, Taniela Tupou, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Matt Philip, Harry Wilson, Michael Hooper (captain), Pete Samu.
Replacements: Jordan Uelese, Scott Sio, Allan Alaalatoa, Rob Simmons, Rob Valetini, Jake Gordon, Noah Lolesio, Reece Hodge.
Here we explain how to find a reliable live stream for the first Bledisloe Cup game of 2020 between New Zealand and Australia.
How to watch New Zealand v Australia from outside your country
If you’re abroad, but still want to watch your local rugby coverage, you can do so by using a VPN – Virtual Private Network.
VPNs allow you to get around any geo-blocking by changing your IP address so you appear in a different location and can watch the same legal Premiership live stream you would at home.
Our friends at TechRadar have tested hundreds of VPN and recommend ExpressVPN, which is easy to use, has strong security features and allows you to watch on several devices at once, including smart TVs and phones, iPads, tablets, PCs and Macs.
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