With all rugby nations eyes on the World Cup later this year in Japan, national coaches are looking at every single option to make sure they are ready when the tournament kicks off 26 weeks.
Rugby Australia have announced that the Wallabies will face Samoa in their final warmup match in Sydney before leaving for rugby’s show pieces in Japan.
Beale and Folau welcomed this and see this as critical for their preparation as they explained to Rugby Australia’s website.
Wallabies star Israel Folau believe the test at BankWest Stadium in Parramatta will be a critical chance to bring international rugby to Sydney’s Pacific population.
“It’s so important for the overall growth of the game,” Folau said.
“I think it’ll be a packed out stadium, no doubt, there’ll be plenty of Samoans and Pacific Islanders in general turn up to watch the game and support it.
“From our point of view, it’s a great thing for the game to be able to first of all play a game against them but also in preparation for us before we head off to the World Cup.”
This wil be the first test match at the stadium and Wallabies will be hoping for a win to start with.
The Wallabies’ first World Cup match is on Saturday, 21 September 21 against Fiji in Sapporo.