World Rugby ‘agreed’ with Wallabies ref concerns as Foley earns another start against All Blacks

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Rennie said that the governing body sympathised with Australia and the implication was that World Rugby had admitted the wrong decision was made.

“We’ve obviously been in contact with World Rugby around it and they agreed with our concerns,” Rennie said. “We’ve decided to just take that on the chin and we’re going to move on. It’s seven days since we’ve played that game, we’re a couple of days away from a big game in Auckland, and that’s our focus now. We sought a bit of clarity and we got that. It’s not going to help us win on the weekend.”

Bernard Foley kicks for goal in the Bledisloe Cup opener in Melbourne.

Bernard Foley kicks for goal in the Bledisloe Cup opener in Melbourne. Credit:Getty

Asked to clarify what incident World Rugby agreed with the Wallabies, in terms of their concerns, Rennie responded: “I’m talking about the end of the game.”

Rennie has made minimal changes to the side that suffered the 39-37 loss at Marvel Stadium.

News of back-rower Rob Leota rupturing his Achilles, which will see him spend the rest of the year on the sidelines, has been offset by an update that captain James Slipper will take part in the match after an initial calf injury scare.

Foley is now back in the frame to represent the Wallabies at next year’s Rugby World Cup, should his performances warrant it.

Rennie has gone with an unchanged back line, with halfback Jake Gordon and No.12 Lalakai Foketi earning the right to play either side of Foley once again.

Cadeyrn Neville replaces Matt Philip in the second row, while Harry Wilson slots into the No.8 spot.

Rob Valetini, the only Australian to play every minute of the Rugby Championship, has replaced the injured Leota at No.6, with Pete Samu retaining his spot at No.7 after a fine all-round performance in Melbourne.

Meanwhile, All Blacks coach Foster has made multiple changes to the team that triumphed at the death on Thursday.

Captain Sam Cane has been ruled out due to a concussion, with Sam Whitelock set to lead the side.

Hooker Codie Taylor has been recalled, while Scott Barrett drops out of the team. Dalton Papali’i and Ardie Savea return to the back row.

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