August 13, 2021
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Koroibete itching to face All Blacks

Wallabies head coach Dave Rennie says Fijian winger Marika Koroibete is jumping out of his skin to play against the All Blacks in the second Bledisloe Cup match tomorrow. 

Rennie said Koroibete is eager to play after missing the first match due to indiscipline which led him to one match suspension where the Wallabies lost by 25-33 last Saturday. 

"He's right up there in terms of elite rugby players in the world. Incredibly quick, very physical. He's not a big man, but he's made of concrete. He hits hard and carries hard," Rennie told Rugby Australia media.

Bulking up their forward pack, the Wallabies have signalled their intention to impose a more physical game on the All Blacks at Eden Park.

Fijian back rower Rob Valentini said the “Australians were guilty of showing the All Blacks too much respect in the first Test.”

The Wallabies vs All Blacks match will kick off at 7.05 at Eden Park.

Wallabies: James Slipper, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Allan Alaalatoa, Darcy Swain, Matt Philip, Lachlan Swinton, Michael Hooper (c), Rob Valetini, Tate McDermott, Noah Lolesio, Marika Koroibete, Matt Toomua, Hunter Paisami, Andrew Kellaway, Tom Banks

Reserves:  Jordan Uelese, Scott Sio, Taniela Tupou, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Harry Wilson, Nic White, Matt Len Ikitau, Reece Hodge

By Romeka Romena  

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