Michael Hooper admitted Australia were unhappy with their showing after Saturday's 16-16 draw with Argentina meant the Wallabies finished bottom of the Tri Nations.

The captain rescued the home team from the prospect of defeat when he was carried over for a second-half try, with Reece Hodge making the conversion to tie up the game.

A dramatic contest featuring a red card for Lukhan Salakaia-Loto and three yellows, plus a try for each team, could have had a late twist but Hodge missed a long-range penalty in the 80th minute.

The outcome meant New Zealand were confirmed as champions, which was practically inevitable from the first whistle given it would have taken a landslide victory for either Australia or Argentina to threaten the All Blacks' supremacy.

A frustrated Hooper told Fox Sports: "They're a tough cookie to crack, the Argies. They applied pressure really well and we weren't able to get over the try-line much except for our mauls there.

"It's been a long season, a tough season, and it's been great to salvage some Test matches and get on the field and get some games in front of Aussies crowds.

"We'll build from that, we're not happy with the performance, we're disappointed that we can't get a win there for our last game."

Heavy rain at Bankwest Stadium meant both sides found it difficult to find fluency. It was the second draw between the teams in the Tri Nations, after a 15-15 battle two weeks ago in Newcastle.

"It was hard conditions there," Hooper said.

"I think we were smarter with our kicks and won the territory battle, we were just unable to convert. Disappointed we couldn't play a bit more.

"I think when we did, we showed some nice stuff, but Argentina have been great defensively throughout this competition. It's a tough ask with four back-to-back big Test matches so they did well.

"We've got to be more accurate. We're far too inaccurate around our ball control and playing in the right areas of the field."

Australia and Argentina fought out their second draw in the Tri Nations as the dramatic 16-16 outcome confirmed New Zealand as champions.

Reece Hodge missed a last-minute penalty from long range, in a match that neither side entered with realistic hope of wresting first place away from the All Blacks.

The Wallabies required a bonus-point win with a margin of at least 101 points, while Argentina had to outscore their opponents by 93, so realistically this was a battle to secure second place, which went to the South Americans by virtue of their better points difference.

On a damp night at Bankwest Stadium in Sydney, Australia were trailing when they had Lukhan Salakaia-Loto sent off midway through the second half, but captain Michael Hooper powered over for a game-saving try, with Hodge booting a nerve-testing conversion to level the game.

Argentina had endured a chaotic week, which saw captain Pablo Matera sacked from that job and suspended, along with two team-mates, before the decisions were overturned.

The reinstatements came too late to affect the composition of Saturday's team, with Jeronimo de la Fuente skippering the side, two weeks on from these teams battling out a 15-15 stalemate in Newcastle.

Marcos Kremer was yellow-carded in the 15th minute for cleaning out James O'Connor, using a shoulder. Hodge took the easy three points, but Nicolas Sanchez booted a penalty from halfway for Argentina moments later.

Hooper went to the sin bin for another shoulder-first cleanout, Sanchez the man on the receiving end. With Sanchez off the field for a medical check, replacement Domingo Miotti was charged with kicking duties when Argentina won a penalty, and the Jaguares fly-half made no mistake.

Argentina then snatched a try in the 34th minute as Felipe Ezcurra dashed through midfield before releasing Bautista Delguy to burst through the last lines of Australian defence, celebrating before he dived across the line. Miotti added the extras.

Hodge clipped the Wallabies' deficit to 13-6 at the interval and added a further three points early in the second half, but their momentum was checked when Salakaia-Loto was red-carded for a dangerously high hit on Santiago Grondona.

Miotti booted the ensuing penalty before Lucas Paulos was yellow-carded for collapsing the scrum as Australia pushed close to the Argentina line.

Hooper barged across for his 20th international try and Hodge smacked over the conversion to bring the sides level. But at the death Hodge was off target, Australia denied a win that might have masked some of their shortcomings.

Pablo Matera has been reinstated as Argentina captain, just two days after being sacked from the post and suspended.

The 27-year-old Matera and two team-mates have had suspensions lifted after the Argentine Rugby Union (UAR) decided the sanctions imposed for historic "discriminatory" social media posts had been "unnecessary".

It was announced by the UAR on Tuesday that Matera, Guido Petti and Santiago Socino had all been stood down from international duty ahead of Saturday's Tri Nations clash with Australia at Bankwest Stadium.

The trio were found to have posted "discriminatory and xenophobic comments" to their social media channels between 2011 and 2013.

All three were reported to have published apologies on Instagram before setting their profiles to private, while they were summoned to address a disciplinary committee on Wednesday.

Although the UAR says the disciplinary process will continue as it aims to reach a final conclusion, the governing body confirmed Matera has been restored to his previous role and all three players' suspensions have been lifted.

In a statement, the UAR said: "[While addressing the committee] the three players expressed their deep regret, reiterated the apology, ratified that it is not what they think and that it was a reckless act typical of immaturity. However, they take full responsibility and are responsible, for which they made themselves available to the commission to investigate the circumstances and seek to repair the damage caused.

"At the time of preliminary issuance, the disciplinary committee has considered and valued the attitude of the three players during this process, and understands that they have not repeated similar actions during these more than eight years, and that they have shown during this time to be people with firm and upright values, worthy of being part of our team."

It appears the trio will not be involved against Australia, with Argentina coach Mario Ledesma having already named his 23-man squad for the game, leaving out Matera, Petti and Socino.

The UAR statement added: "The disciplinary process continues and the commission will reach a final resolution in the next few days in accordance with the time of the procedure. In this first instance it considers that the maintenance of preventive measures is unnecessary, for which it resolves to lift the suspension of the three players and restore the captaincy of Pablo Matera.

"The Argentine Rugby Union and the squad have different roles and responsibilities but the same objective: to make rugby continue to grow as a sport.

"The path of deep reflection on certain practices associated with our sport, which began at the beginning of the year with the Rugby 2030 programme, we have no doubt that it will take time. And it requires, both on the part of the leadership and the establishment, to give strong signals at the right moment."

James O'Connor has been named to return for the Wallabies against Argentina in the Tri Nations on Saturday.

O'Connor is back from a knee injury, which he suffered in the second Bledisloe Cup Test against New Zealand in October.

He will start at fly-half in Sydney, with Reece Hodge moving to full-back.

O'Connor is one of two changes to the starting side, with Allan Alaalatoa also coming in for Taniela Tupou.

"It's great to have James back in the team this weekend, he brings a lot of experience to a young group and has been working really hard to get his body right to be able to get back on the field," Wallabies head coach Dave Rennie said.

"Reece has done a great job for us at number 10 over the past two games and we're confident he'll put in another good performance for us on Saturday night from full-back.

"The side has worked really hard over the last 10 weeks or so and built a strong connection and I know as a full squad we are really keen to put together a performance that reflects that."

The All Blacks have effectively won the Tri Nations, topping the table by five points ahead of Australia and Argentina ahead of the final game of the tournament.

The Wallabies have lost only one of their past 10 Tests against the Pumas, although they are out to avoid back-to-back winless games against Argentina for the first time since 1987 after the nations drew last month.

A much-changed Pumas outfit are coming off a 38-0 loss to New Zealand and a week of controversy during which captain Pablo Matera was stripped of the captaincy and suspended over "discriminatory and xenophobic" social media posts between 2011 and 2013.

Guido Petti and Santiago Socino were also stood down from international duty.

It was reported on Thursday that Matera would be restored to the captaincy by Argentina.

Australia: Reece Hodge, Tom Wright, Jordan Petaia, Hunter Paisami, Marika Koroibete, James O'Connor, Nic White; Scott Sio, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Allan Alaalatoa, Rob Simmons, Matt Philip, Ned Hanigan, Michael Hooper, Harry Wilson.
Replacements: Folau Fainga'a, Angus Bell, Taniela Tupou, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Rob Valetini, Jake Gordon, Irae Simone, Tom Banks.

Argentina: Santiago Carreras, Bautista Delguy, Matias Orlando, Jeronimo De la Fuente, Emiliano Boffelli, Nicolas Sanchez, Felipe Ezcurra; Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Julian Montoya, Francisco Gomez Kodela, Matias Alemanno, Marcos Kremer, Santiago Grondona, Facundo Isa, Rodrigo Bruni.
Replacements: Jose Luis Gonzalez, Mayco Vivas, Juan Pablo Zeiss, Lucas Paulos, Francisco Gorrissen, Gonzalo Bertranou, Domingo Miotti, Santiago Chocobares.

Pablo Matera could face a second round of disciplinary action after Stade Francais said the sacked Argentina captain would be summoned by management when he returns to Paris. 

The 27-year-old was stripped of the Pumas armband and suspended on Tuesday after "discriminatory and xenophobic" social media posts between 2011 and 2013 were discovered. 

The Argentine Rugby Union (UAR) also stood down Guido Petti and Santiago Socino from international duty ahead of Saturday's Tri Nations meeting with Australia. 

A disciplinary process has begun, with the UAR stating: "Although the messages were published between 2011 and 2013 and do not represent the personal integrity the three showed during that time with the Pumas, the Argentine Rugby Union condemns any expression of hatred and we consider it unacceptable that those who express them represent our country." 

The revelation about Matera's comments caused dismay at Stade Francais, the French club he joined from Jaguares 12 months ago. 

In a statement on their website, the club said: "Following the revelations by certain media of posts made in 2012 by player Pablo Matera on the social network Twitter, the Stade Francais Paris club wishes to note its total opposition to these unacceptable remarks and comments. 

"We also want to remember that since his arrival at the club in December 2019, our player has always been irreproachable in his attitude towards his team-mates and opponents, both on and off the pitch. 

"On his return from international duty, the player, who has already publicly apologised, will be summoned by club management."

Pablo Matera has been stripped of the Pumas captaincy and suspended over "discriminatory and xenophobic" social media posts between 2011 and 2013, the Argentine Rugby Union (UAR) has confirmed.

Guido Petti and Santiago Socino have also been stood down from international duty ahead of Saturday's Tri Nations meeting with Australia at Bankwest Stadium.

Further sanctions could follow for the trio after a disciplinary process was initiated.

A UAR statement read: "The Argentine Rugby Union rejects the discriminatory and xenophobic comments published by members of the Pumas squad on social networks.

"Meeting urgently, the board of directors resolves in the first place to revoke the captaincy of Pablo Matera and request the staff to propose a new captain to the board of directors.

"Secondly, to suspend Pablo Matera, Guido Petti and Santiago Socino from the national team until their disciplinary situation is defined.

"Although the messages were published between 2011 and 2013 and do not represent the personal integrity the three showed during that time with the Pumas, the Argentine Rugby Union condemns any expression of hatred and we consider it unacceptable that those who express them represent our country."

Following the publication of the UAR statement, Matera deactivated his Twitter account.

Matera, Petti and Socino all reportedly published apologies on Instagram before setting their profiles to private.

All Blacks head coach Ian Foster expects Argentina to have even greater emotion in the wake of Diego Maradona's death.

Arguably the best footballer of all-time, Maradona died at the age of 60 after a suspected heart attack on Wednesday.

An icon in Argentina after leading the country to the 1986 World Cup title, three days of official mourning were declared in the nation following Maradona's death.

Meanwhile, the Pumas are preparing to face New Zealand in the Tri Nations in Newcastle on Saturday.

Foster said there could be added emotion for Argentina, who beat the All Blacks for the first time in a stunning upset earlier this month.

"It's hard to say from our perspective, but I mean clearly it's a sad day for Argentina as a nation," he told a news conference on Thursday.

"I guess all we can do is we commiserate with them, he's an iconic sporting person and clearly had a lot of meaning for the people of Argentina so we just acknowledge that.

"Clearly when you're going into a game you're the next big game off the track for that country. It's going to have some emotional appeal but that's something that they will deal with and they will control.

"We've got to control our own emotions and we've got plenty of reasons and plenty of determination to play for our country as well and representing our people and doing what we need to do to fix up a performance two weeks ago is pretty high on our list."

Argentina have two games left in the Tri Nations, with the Pumas, All Blacks and Wallabies all locked on six points in the table.

The All Blacks have made three changes to their starting team to face Argentina as Joe Moody prepares for his 50th Test.

New Zealand will face the Pumas in Newcastle on Saturday in a clash between the top two in the Tri Nations table.

Moody, 32, has been named to make his 50th Test appearance, with the All Blacks opting for three changes to the side that was stunned by Argentina earlier this month.

Scott Barrett has replaced Patrick Tuipulotu, while Nepo Laulala and Akira Ioane have come in for Tyrel Lomax and Shannon Frizell respectively.

"We've had a great week building into what will be a vital Test for us," All Blacks head coach Ian Foster said.

"It's exciting in the sense that we have the opportunity to redeem ourselves after our last game, and we also have the opportunity to win the Investec Tri Nations.

"There's a real determination in the team to perform well, not only for ourselves, but also our families and friends at home and our country."

New Zealand, Argentina and Australia are all locked on six points in the Tri Nations table, with this outing being the All Blacks' last.

The Pumas' win over the All Blacks last time out was their first over New Zealand in Test rugby.

Argentina are undefeated in their past three Tests and last enjoyed a longer unbeaten run from September to October in 2015.

They have made 10 changes to the starting team that drew with the Wallabies last week, including handing a Test debut to Lucas Paulos.

New Zealand: Beauden Barrett, Jordie Barrett, Anton Lienert-Brown, Jack Goodhue, Caleb Clarke, Richie Mo'unga, Aaron Smith; Joe Moody, Dane Coles, Nepo Laulala, Scott Barrett, Sam Whitelock, Akira Ioane, Sam Cane, Ardie Savea.
Replacements: Codie Taylor, Karl Tu'inukuafe, Tyrel Lomax, Patrick Tuipulotu, Hoskins Sotutu, TJ Perenara, Rieko Ioane, Will Jordan.

Argentina: Emiliano Boffelli, Ramiro Moyano, Juan Cruz Mallia, Jeronimo de la Fuente, Santiago Cordero, Nicolas Sanchez, Felipe Ezcurra; Mayco Vivas, Julian Montoya, Santiago Medrano, Guido Petti, Lucas Paulos, Pablo Matera, Marcos Kremer, Facundo Isa.
Replacements: Santiago Socino, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Lucio Sordoni, Matias Alemanno, Santiago Grondona, Gonzalo Bertranou, Santiago Carreras, Lucas Mensa.

After the high of defeating New Zealand for the first time, Argentina will look to buck the trend again and claim a win against Australia in the Tri Nations on Saturday.

Argentina claimed a 25-15 win over the All Blacks at Bankwest Stadium last weekend, with fly-half Nicolas Sanchez scoring all of the Pumas' points as Ian Foster's team were condemned to back-to-back losses for the first time since 2011.

The Wallabies handed New Zealand the first of those defeats, however, when they triumphed 24-22 in Brisbane on November 7.

They will have their eyes on top spot when the teams meet at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle on Saturday.

HISTORY

Australia have won 17 of their past 19 Tests against Argentina, including their last two on the bounce, and 14 of the previous 15 on home soil.

The Pumas won away against the Wallabies as recently as September 2018, though, and will be hoping to record a third straight victory for the first time in five years.

Australia lost their only previous Test at McDonald Jones Stadium – a 9-6 defeat to Scotland in June 2012 – and will hope to stop Argentina recording successive triumphs against tier one opponents for the first time since June 2016.

FORM

Australia are averaging eight clean breaks per game in this year's Tri Nations, which is the most of any team and twice the amount Argentina managed in their first outing of the tournament.

The Pumas took good care of the ball against the All Blacks, though. They conceded four turnovers in the match, fewer than half the amount any other team has had in a single game in the competition.

ONES TO WATCH

Sanchez is in good form with two tries and 40 points across his two most recent Test outings, but he has only dotted down once in his 13 previous appearances against the Wallabies.

Michael Hooper will hope to help keep the Argentina star on the back foot. The Australia captain has gained 4.4 metres per carry in the competition, the most of any forward with at least 10 attempts.

Taniela Tupou and Scott Sio have come into the Wallabies' starting side for Saturday's Tri Nations clash against Argentina.

Sio replaced the injured James Slipper as one of three changes to the starting team for the encounter in Newcastle.

Tupou and Ned Hanigan are also in, replacing Allan Alaalatoa and Lachlan Swinton respectively.

Australia are coming off a win over the All Blacks earlier this month, while Argentina stunned New Zealand last week.

"After being left out in our last Test we got the reaction we expected from Scott, his preparation this week has been excellent and his experience will be invaluable against Argentina," Wallabies head coach Dave Rennie said.

"As a group, we know respect is earned daily and understand the importance of backing up our last performance with another quality effort on Saturday night.

"The tournament is evenly poised and our fate is in our own hands. We saw how much passion Argentina play with in their performance last weekend and we're excited by the challenge in Newcastle."

New Zealand top the table but will be replaced by the winner of the clash between Argentina and Australia, who sit second and third respectively.

The Wallabies have won 17 of their past 19 Tests against Argentina, whose last success came in September 2018.

But the Pumas are eyeing back-to-back wins against fellow Tier 1 opposition for the first time since beating Italy and France in June 2016.

Unsurprisingly after their win over the All Blacks, Argentina's starting team is unchanged, while Santiago Socino, Facundo Isa and Emiliano Boffelli have replaced Facundo Bosch, Tomas Lezana and Lucio Cinti on the bench.

Australia: Tom Banks, Tom Wright, Jordan Petaia, Hunter Paisami, Marika Koroibete, Recce Hodge, Nic White; Scott Sio, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Taniela Tupou, Rob Simmons, Matt Philip, Ned Hanigan, Michael Hooper, Harry Wilson.
Replacements: Folau Fainga'a, Angus Bell, Allan Alaalatoa, Rob Valetini, Liam Wright, Jake Gordon, Noah Lolesio, Filipo Daugunu.

Argentina: Santiago Carreras, Bautista Delguy, Matias Orlando, Santiago Chocobares, Juan Imhoff, Nicolas Sanchez, Tomas Cubelli; Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Julian Montoya, Francisco Gomez Kodela, Guido Petti, Matias Alemanno, Pablo Matera, Marcos Kremer, Rodrigo Bruni.
Replacements: Santiago Socino, Mayco Vivas, Santiago Medrano, Santiago Grondona, Facundo Isa, Gonzalo Bertranou, Emiliano Boffelli, Santiago Cordero.

Joe Moody has returned for a much-changed All Blacks ahead of their Tri Nations clash against Argentina on Saturday.

Moody missed New Zealand's previous two Tests, including last week's 24-22 loss to Australia, due to a head injury.

Beauden Barrett has returned to full-back from number 10, while Jordie Barrett has switched to the right wing.

All Blacks head coach Ian Foster said his team were eager to bounce back from their loss to the Wallabies.

"We were bitterly disappointed with the loss against Australia on the weekend, but we've taken a lot of lessons from that game," he said.

"Specifically, we need to be smarter in seeing space and executing our plan around that. We also want to continue growing our work at the breakdown, both on attack and in defence, as I feel we are making great progress here.

"We're now into the next phase of the tournament playing against Argentina and it will be exciting playing a new opposition.

"The Argentinians are well coached by Mario Ledesma and we have a lot of respect for them. You only need to go back to Buenos Aires last year, when we had a real arm wrestle with them, to know how tough they can be.

"They've been in Australia for a number of weeks, they are well-prepared and this is their first Test of 2020 so it'll be a massive occasion for them and their country so we have to be ready."

New Zealand: Beauden Barrett, Jordie Barrett, Anton Lienert-Brown, Jack Goodhue, Caleb Clarke, Richie Mo'unga, Aaron Smith; Joe Moody, Dane Coles, Tyrel Lomax, Patrick Tuipulotu, Sam Whitelock, Shannon Frizell, Sam Cane, Ardie Savea.
Replacements: Codie Taylor, Alex Hodgman, Nepo Laulala, Tupou Vaa'I, Hoskins Sotutu, Brad Weber, Rieko Ioane, Damian McKenzie.

New Zealand captain Sam Cane felt his side paid for a lack of accuracy when it mattered as they slipped to a surprising defeat to Australia in the final Bledisloe Cup meeting in 2020. 

The All Blacks had won the previous two meetings between the countries comfortably, including a record 43-5 success a week ago in Sydney that opened their Tri Nations campaign in style. 

However, the Wallabies hit back in Brisbane, coming out on top 24-22 in a game that saw each team have a player sent off in the first half. 

Ofa Tu'ungafasi saw red for a high challenge on wing Tom Wright, though the hosts were also reduced to 14 men when debutant Wallabies flanker Lachlan Swinton was dismissed for leading with the shoulder on Sam Whitelock. 

Both sides also had to spend 10 minutes down to 13 during proceedings, the All Blacks crucially giving up points late on when lock Scott Barrett was in the sin bin. 

Substitute Tupou Vaa'i crossed in the closing minutes to secure the visitors a losing bonus, but Cane felt they could easily have come out on the right side of the result at Suncorp Stadium. 

"It doesn't matter if there's 15 players on each side, or it gets down to 14 versus 14 or 14 versus 13, the game is based on building pressure, playing smart, intensity and accuracy," he told the media. 

"I didn't think we were quite smart enough when we got down, then I thought we bought the intensity but not the accuracy. They did that really well and controlled the game for large parts."

On the dismissals, he added: "It's a fast-moving game and there are big collisions. Every now and then, players are going to get it slightly wrong.  

"I don't think either of those cards were malicious or dirty plays by any means, they were fractionally off. 

"We spend a lot of time practicing perfect technique, but in top-level sport like this, there will be the odd error unfortunately."

With Barrett off the field, Australia capitalised on the opportunity. They managed to drive close enough for a Taniela Tupou try that proved crucial in the final reckoning. 

"There were large parts where I was really proud of our effort," All Blacks coach Ian Foster said in his post-match media conference. 

"I thought we played with a lot of passion at times, certainly applied a lot of pressure, but we couldn't break them in the way that we wanted to.  

"They hung in there and the momentum swung about a bit with some other cards. Scooter's near the end was sort of bad timing for a card, as it put us under immense pressure. 

"If you look at where the game went, particularly in the last 10 minutes, I think the Wallabies were penalised about six times in their own 25, because of the pressure we put them under. That was frustrating."

Australia restored some much-needed pride in the fourth and final Bledisloe Cup meeting with New Zealand, sealing a hard-fought 24-22 triumph in a game that saw both teams have a player sent off. 

After a drawn opener between the trans-Tasman rivals in Wellington, the All Blacks had won the previous two meetings by a combined score of 70-12. 

Their record-breaking 43-5 triumph a week ago in Sydney not only secured the trophy but also gave them a successful start to the 2020 Tri Nations, yet the Wallabies responded impressively in Brisbane.

Reece Hodge kicked 14 points, including converting Taniela Tupou's crucial late try, as Australia prevailed despite conceding three tries, the last of which earned New Zealand a losing bonus point.

Australia debutant Tom Wright crossed inside two minutes and, while Rieko Ioane responded soon after for the visitors, the early double did not lead to a glut of points before the break.

Still, there was no lack of drama in the remainder of the first half. After a Hodge penalty made it 8-5, Ofa Tuungafasi was shown a red card after making direct contact with the chin as he emphatically stopped Wright's progress following a jinking run.

However, Ian Foster's men held firm when down a man – even drawing level – before the numbers were evened up, Lachlan Swinton's debut cut short for use of the shoulder on Sam Whitelock. 

Marika Koroibete saw yellow just before the interval for hands in at a ruck to leave Australia down to 13, yet by the time he returned his team were 11-8 ahead thanks to a second successful kick from Hodge. 

While hooker Codie Taylor was driven over by his fellow forwards to put the All Blacks in front, they lost Scott Barrett for 10 minutes to give Australia an opportunity to play against 13 men themselves.

Michael Hooper's side capitalised too, Tupou forcing his way to the line for a try that Hodge converted, adding to a pair of second-half penalties from the number 10.

Substitute Tupou Vaa'i breached a tired defensive line to set up a nervy finish as New Zealand closed the gap, but the Wallabies held on in the closing minutes to have the final say in the 2020 series and make it seven Test wins on the spin at Suncorp Stadium.

James Slipper and Sam Whitelock are set for milestones as seven players prepare to make their debuts when the Wallabies face the All Blacks.

Slipper will become just the 13th player to reach 100 Test appearances for Australia when he lines up in Brisbane on Saturday.

New Zealand have retained the Bledisloe Cup, which they have held since 2003, after last week's 43-5 victory.

While Slipper is set for a landmark appearance, the Wallabies have also named debutants Lachlan Swinton and Tom Wright to start and Angus Bell among the replacements.

"It's going to be a really special night for James in front of his family and friends back at his home ground and I know the team will be doing everything they can to make sure it's a memorable result," Australia coach Dave Rennie said.

"Lachlan, Tom and Angus have been excellent over the past seven weeks and have earned their first jersey for Australia through hard work and good performances. 

"As a whole group we were really disappointed after last weekend and we get a chance to show our character on Saturday in Brisbane."

Australia have lost only one of their past four Tests against New Zealand at Suncorp Stadium, winning two and drawing one.

The All Blacks, who top the Tri Nations table after the win last week, are set to see Whitelock reach a milestone.

Whitelock has been named to make his 100th Test start for New Zealand, becoming just the fifth player to reach that mark.

They have named Akira Ioane for a start on debut, while Asafo Aumua, Cullen Grace and Will Jordan are in line to make their first appearances off the bench.

"We've been really impressed with Akira. He's keen, he's ready and to have his first Test start is pretty special. I know Asafo is also excited for his first Test and he'll bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm when he comes off the bench," All Blacks head coach Ian Foster said.

"Cullen Grace is a young man who has also been very impressive. He's got a nice, quiet demeanour about him, but we know he's excited. Will Jordan has also been working really hard; he's settled in really, really well and he's got a calmness about him. He’s been doing a great job behind the scenes and we're delighted he's got his opportunity."

All Blacks star Beauden Barrett will start at number 10, with Damian McKenzie on the bench.

Australia: Tom Banks, Tom Wright, Jordan Petaia, Hunter Paisami, Marika Koroibete, Reece Hodge, Nic White; James Slipper, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Allan Alaalatoa, Rob Simmons, Matt Philip, Lachlan Swinton, Michael Hooper, Harry Wilson.
Replacements: Folau Fainga'a, Angus Bell, Taniela Tupou, Ned Hanigan, Liam Wright, Tate McDermott, Noah Lolesio, Filipo Daugunu.

New Zealand: Jordie Barrett, Sevu Reece, Anton Lienert-Brown, Ngani Laumape, Rieko Ioane, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara; Karl Tu'inukuafe, Codie Taylor, Ofa Tuungafasi, Scott Barrett, Sam Whitelock, Akira Ioane, Sam Cane, Ardie Savea.
Replacements: Asafo Aumua, Alex Hodgman, Tyrel Lomax, Patrick Tuipulotu, Cullen Grace, Brad Weber, Damian McKenzie, Will Jordan.

World champions South Africa are set to remain in the Rugby Championship until at least 2030 despite the suggestion they could join the Six Nations. 

Speculation around the future of the Springboks in the international tournament has increased in recent months. 

Holders South Africa withdrew from this year's Rugby Championship amid complications linked to the coronavirus pandemic, leaving Australia, New Zealand and Argentina to play a three-team tournament. 

This followed South Africa's vote to withdraw domestic clubs from Super Rugby and begin talks over a move to Europe's Pro14. 

But SANZAAR, which organises both the Rugby Championship and Super Rugby, said on Wednesday all four of its nations - including South Africa - had "committed to an international rugby future through to 2030". 

The Rugby Championship will change from a six-match to 12-match structure, allowing all four teams to play each other home and away through the new mini-tour match schedule.

The move would appear to end any imminent Springboks move to link up with England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, France and Italy. 

SA Rugby chief executive Jurie Roux said: "We welcome the changes announced to the Rugby Championship with our SANZAAR partners and we are looking forward to seeing what the new strategic plan for the competition entails, with possible international expansion on the cards. 

"Although we had to change our domestic focus, we still have a long history with the All Blacks and Wallabies as well as a long-standing friendship with the Pumas and we look forward to more world class Test rugby. 

"Ever since the Tri-Nations was first contested in 1996, and more recently the Rugby Championship from 2012, a team from the Southern Hemisphere has won the Rugby World Cup five out of six times - which is testimony to the high quality of Test rugby played on this side of the equator."

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