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New Zealand v Australia kick-off time, TV channel, live stream info and team news

New Zealand will host the second Bledisloe Cup match of 2020 against Australia on Sunday.

The two sides couldn’t be separated last week – playing out a thrilling 16-16 draw in Wellington.

Here’s all the information you need ahead of the second match…

Where is New Zealand v Australia?

New Zealand v Australia is being played in Auckland at Eden Park.

What time is New Zealand v Australia kick-off?

New Zealand v Australia kicks off at 3am (UK time) on Sunday, October 18, which will be 4pm local time.

What TV channel is it on?

It’s being broadcast in the UK on Sky Sport main event.

There will then be a full re-run on Sky Sports Arena at 8am on Sunday morning for those who haven’t stayed up all night.

What about live streaming?

Sky Sports customers will be able to live stream the match via Sky Go.

What’s the team news?

New Zealand: Beauden Barrett; Jordie Barrett, Anton Lienert-Brown, Jack Goodhue, Caleb Clarke; Richie Mo’unga, Aaron Smith; Joe Moody, Dane Coles, Ofa Tu’ungafasi; Patrick Tuipulotu, Tupou Vaa’i; Shannon Frizell, Sam Cane (c), Ardie Savea.

Reps: Codie Taylor, Alex Hodgman, Nepo Laulala, Scott Barrett, Hoskins Sotutu, TJ Perenara, Rieko Ioane, Damian McKenzie.

Australia: Tom Banks; Filipo Daugunu, Hunter Paisami, Matt Toomua, Marika Koroibete; James O’Connor, Nic White; James Slipper, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Taniela Tupou; Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Matt Philip; Ned Hanigan, Michael Hooper (c), Harry Wilson.

Reps: Jordan Uelese, Scott Sio, Allan Alaalaota, Rob Simmons, Liam Wright, Jake Gordon, Jordan Petaia, Reece Hodge.

What have the coaches said?

Ian Foster (New Zealand head coach): “We’re fully used to those comments, and those comments come every time we have a performance that doesn’t reach our expectations.

“So there’s not much point arguing with them, because if we’re not happy with where we’re at, then that’s all we’re worrying about.

“Is it time for a statement? Well, yes it is. We do want to make a statement. We actually want to get our levels to where we want to be, and there’s a group here that’s working really hard to do that, they’re excited by it.”

Dave Rennie (Australia head coach): “We know that New Zealand will step it up another level this weekend, we’re excited by the challenge ahead.

“We’ve had massive support from back home and as a team we definitely feel that and it’s something we’ll draw on on Sunday afternoon.”

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