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Bledisloe Cup 2020 LIVE: Can the Wallabies salvage some pride against the All Blacks?

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Wallabies aiming to lift for Slipper's 100th

When James Slipper was sacked by the Reds two years ago, the furthest thing from his mind was reaching a century of Test caps for the Wallabies.

Slipper's career was on the brink in 2018. As soon as the former Reds captain was handed a two-month ban for cocaine use, word spread coach Brad Thorn would not welcome the star prop back to Ballymore.

Tonight's he'll run out his 100th Test.

A yarn earlier in the week from Sammy Phillips

We're about 25 minutes away from kick-off.

James Slipper has rebuilt his career after a ban for cocaine use in 2018.Credit:Getty

Late change for the All Blacks

The All Blacks announced this afternoon Patrick Tuipulotu is ill and has been withdrawn from tonight's clash. He's been replaced on the bench in the No.19 jersey by Tupou Vaa’i.

Here are the line-ups:

WALLABIES (1-15): James Slipper, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Allan Alaalatoa, Rob Simmons, Matt Philip, Lachie Swinton, Michael Hooper (c), Harry Wilson, Nic White, Reece Hodge, Marika Koroibete, Hunter Paisami, Jordan Petaia, Tom Wright, Tom Banks

RESERVES: Folau Fainga'a, Angus Bell, Taniela Tupou, Ned Hanigan, Liam Wright, Tate McDermott, Noah Lolesio, Filipo Daugunu

ALL BLACKS (1-15): Karl Tu'inkuafe, Codie Taylor, Ofa Tuungafasi, Scott Barrett, Sam Whitelock, Akira Ioane, Sam Cane (c), Ardie Savea, TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett, Rieko Ioane, Ngani Laumape, Anton Lienert-Brown, Sevu Reece, Jordie Barrett

RESERVES: Asafo Aumua, Alex Hodgman, Tyrel Lomax, Tupou Vaa’i, Cullen Grace, Brad Weber, Damian McKenzie, Will Jordan

Hooper hurting after Bledisloe three carve up

Michael Hooper admitted on Friday he still hasn't totally recovered from Australia’s diabolical 43-5 Bledisloe Cup loss in Sydney.

However, he reckons Australia aren't as bad as that scoreline suggests.

He's also backed No.6 Lachie Swinton to add plenty on debut.

Here’s a preview I tapped out for today’s paper.

Lachie Swinton will make his Wallabies debut on Saturday at Suncorp Stadium.Credit:Stuart Walmsley/Rugby Australia

G'day and welcome

Evening all, thanks for joining us for some more Test rugby action.

Tom Decent here in the blogging chair at the Coogee bureau.

Sadly I won't be in Brisbane tonight for the game (COVID-19, you may have heard about it) but our man Phil Lutton is at Suncorp Stadium for the fourth game between these sides in five weekends.

As it stands, the Wallabies have already lost the Bledisloe Cup, which they haven't held now since 2002.

This is technically a fourth Bledisloe match and while it doesn't count for the Cup itself, the result here matters for the Tri Nations (contested between Australia, New Zealand and Argentina) this year.

Can the Wallabies bounce back in Brisbane? Credit:Stu Walmsley/Rugby Australia

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