Sonny Bill Williams will return against Australia on Saturday

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Sonny Bill Williams
Sonny Bill Williams

Centre Sonny Bill Williams has been recalled to the All Blacks team for Saturday’s Rugby Championship match against Australia after completing a four-match suspension, while Kurtley Beale will start at inside centre for the first time in 60 tests for Australia.

Not long after Warren Gatland had named his British & Irish Lions squad in April Steve Hansen warned his compatriot against trying to replicate Ireland’s method of victory against the All Blacks in Chicago. It will be intriguing to hear if Gatland has any words of wisdom for his rival this week; to hear what he may think of New Zealand looking to bounce back from defeat in the same manner as against Ireland, a couple of weeks later in Dublin.

This is not least because the suspension of Sonny Bill Williams means there is every chance Malakai Fekitoa will return to the All Blacks midfield alongside Anton Lienert-Brown, as he was at the Aviva Stadium.

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