Rona to make Wallabies debut on the wing

Rona to make Wallabies debut on the wing

Williams was dismissed for a unsafe shoulder charge on Lions winger Anthony Watson in the penultimate Test of the tied series, but was made available for selection after an appeal that allowed a "three-way" warm-up game between two provincial teams and the All Blacks to count as part of his ban.

Center Sonny Bill Williams has been recalled to the All Blacks team for Saturday's Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup test against Australia after completing a four-match suspension following his sending off against the British and Irish Lions.

"Based on information published today New Zealand Rugby believes that it needs to investigate the Aaron Smith matter further and has instructed an independent lawyer to do so", the statement read.

"But I'm pretty confident I'll be playing for an Australian rugby team". He will be lining up opposite Ben Smith who takes the 14 shirt for the All Blacks as Damian McKenzie is at fullback.

New Zealand's starting XV to face Australia also features Liam Squire at blindside flanker, at the expense of Jerome Kaino.

He also has a checkered disciplinary record, receiving a yellow card for a high tackle during the third test against the Lions last month.

New Zealand had to settle for a 1-1 draw from their three-Test series with the Lions in June after the spoils were shared in the final Test at Eden Park.

But rush defence comes with risk and the rebuilding Wallabies could leave gaps to be exploited if not consistently accurate, allowing their bid to lift the Bledisloe Cup for the first time since 2002 to unravel at the first hurdle.

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Like most of the competitions which they participate in, the men in black have dominated this one and since Argentina joined the four nation tournament in 2012, the All Blacks have won four out of five Rugby Championships with Australia victorious in a shortened version of the competition ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

He was made available for selection after an appeal that allowed a "three-way" warm-up game between two provincial teams and the All Blacks to count as part of his ban.

The Wallabies will announce their team on Thursday afternoon.

"He's in a great space in that he knows he's dealt with this issue and done the things he needed to do around this", Hansen said.

"There's a real sense of excitement within the group and a desire to go out and perform well this weekend", he said.

"We've had a great build-up here in Sydney and there's a single-minded focus".

Barrett, the reigning World Rugby player of the year, has borne a lot of it.

"He played well in our game against Taranaki and Counties so we feel he deserves an opportunity and we are looking forward to seeing him play".

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