New Zealand


Rugby U


Morning... my word it's early! I'm Baggy_Bage and I'm going to be relying on copious cups of coffee and hopefully some excellent rugby to keep me awake this morning. Fortunately it's New Zealand versus Wales at Eden Park in the opening game of the Summer Tours so we should be in for some high octane stuff

Lineups are in for Alun Wyn Jones 100th cap, backs:


Fekitoa and Crotty in the centres for the ABs and Cruden - who really isn't kicking well at all right now - at stand off could make this a very interesting one

Eden Park looking and sounding great this evening for the first of three tests in the Steinlager Series, a trip to the cake tin in Wellington is next and the tour finishes with a trip to the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin

(There's also a wee trip to Hamilton to play the Chiefs in there somewhere)

Anthems and Haka out of the way, Barnesy waiting in the middle of the park, George Ayoub in the TMO box, Aaron Cruden ready to kick off... and away we go!

1' First pen of the game goes against Wales as Alun Wyn Jones has his hands all over that ruck and Cruden will have a pop from about 50m about 15m in from the touch line 0-0


3' Retalick gathers the rebound and NZ are able to get it out to the left wing quickly but Liam Willams covers a kick through beautifully to secure the drop out 0-0