Australia vs New Zealand rugby: TV channel, live stream, kick-off time and team news for Bledisloe Cup

FIERCE enemies Australia and New Zealand have both endorsed the All Blacks’ use of the haka after the tradition Maori war dance came under fierce criticism.

Ahead of the first Bledisloe Cup – the Rugby Championship opener – reported comments in a rugby book questioned the value of the haka in the modern era.

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The All Blacks will perform the haka as usual

But support from the All Blacks was matched by the Wallabies, who are also looking for a more extensive indigenous recognition for their jersey in future.

Said New Zealand flanker Sam Cane: “From an All Blacks point of view we love doing the haka.

“We’re well aware of the strong history that it has and it’s part of who we are as All Blacks – it’s as strong and powerful as ever, in my opinion.”

Wallaby halfback Will Genia jumped to the All Blacks defence saying he didn’t believe the haka was over-commercialised.
All Blacks flanker Sam Cane says the haka is ‘part of who we are’
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Wallaby halfback Will Genia jumped to New Zealand’s defence

He said: “They don’t do it for commercial purpose. They do it because it is something that is important to them in terms of their culture.

“From our perspective, we have an incredible amount of respect for it.”

What TV channel is Australia vs New Zealand on and can I live stream the game?

You can see the match live on Sky Sports Action with coverage starting at 10.30am.
To stream the game live without a Sky subscription, you can buy a Sky Sports Day Pass from Now TV for £7.98.
Alternatively, you can follow the action in SunSport’s LIVE blog
Michael Hooper has been declared fit for the Wallabies

What time is the kick-off?

The match gets underway on Saturday, August 18 at 11.05am
It will be played at Stadium Australia in Sydney.

Team news

Australia captain Michael Hooper has been cleared to play after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Prop Scott Sio and winger Dane Haylett-Petty have also been given the green light.

 

Aussie giant Scott Sio has also been given the green light

 

But All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams is still ruled out

The squad, trimmed down from 36, includes only two uncapped players in outside backs Tom Banks and Jack Maddocks.

That’s after Rory Arnold, Curtis Rona and Sefa Naivalu were cut from the preliminary training squad.

All Blacks centre Sonny Bill Williams has been ruled out for both Tests against Australia to continue a horror injury run that also saw him miss the entire France series on home soil.

Williams missed the first two Test against France with a knee injury and hasn’t played since damaging a shoulder joint in the third Test.

 

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