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Rugby World Cup Preview – Australia v Fiji

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Australia starts their campaign going against Fiji which may be one of those tricky one’s.

Look Australia should easily beat Fiji but if any team go into a test against the islanders thinking it is an easy walk in the park, then they will be in for a huge surprise.

Fiji have upset big teams in test matches and World Cups so no easy match for the Aussies.

Australia has always been playing their best rugby at World Cups and seemed to get it right with the showpiece comes around.

Although their recent form has not been great, they will always be one of the teams we rate to go all the way.

Australia big news this week sees the return of David Pocock to the starting lineup.

The team is almost the same as the side that beat the All Blacks in Perth earlier this year.

Pocock has struggled for some time to get back not playing a lot of rugby this year.

He will start with Hooper this weekend forming a great loose trio for the Aussies.

Rory Arnold will also start after recovering from a hand injury. Nic White and Christian Lealiifano will form the halfback pair in their opening match.

The Aussies has a dangerous backline with Beale at fullback, Hodge and Koroibete on the wings and Kerevi and O-Conner in the midfield.

Against Fiji the Aussies will be tested in defence and have to be able to control the game. If they let the islanders play their game they may find them behind on the scoreboard.

Australia will surely be targeting their set pieces. Fiji wants to play with ball in hand and to counter their fast strong runners you need to keep the ball away from them.

For Fiji it is going to be trying to up the tempo up and keep the game loose. Although their set pieces have been improving Fiji should be no match for the Aussie scrum and lineouts which is where Australia will dominate and take the game away from Fiji.

Prediction: Australia should have just too much for Fiji to handle and take the win by 20

Teams:

Australia: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Reece Hodge, 13 James O’Connor, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Nic White, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 David Pocock, 5 Rory Arnold, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Scott Sio
Replacements: 
16 Jordan Uelese, 17 James Slipper, 18 Sekope Kepu, 19 Adam Coleman, 20 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 21 Will Genia, 22 Matt To’omua, 23 Dane Haylett-Petty

Fiji: 15 Kini Murimurivalu, 14 Josua Tuisova, 13 Waisea Nayacalevu, 12 Levani Botia, 11 Semi Radradra, 10 Ben Volavola, 9 Frank Lomani, 8 Viliame Mata, 7 Peceli Yato, 6 Dominiko Waqaniburotu (c), 5 Leone Nakarawa, 4 Tevita Cavubati, 3 Peni Ravai, 2 Samuel Matavesi, 1 Campese Ma’afu
Replacements: 16 Tuvere Vugakoto, 17 Eroni Mawi, 18 Manasa Saulo, 19 Tevita Ratuva, 20 Mosese Voka, 21 Nikola Matawalu, 22 Alivereti Veitokani, 23 Vereniki Goneva

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