Event Name: Australia vs Fiji Rugby World Cup 2019
Date: 20 Sep 2019
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Fiji coach John McKee named 12 players that ply their trade in foreign leagues to face Australia in their Pool D clash at the Sapporo Dome on Saturday.
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Some have even tipped the Flying Fijians as possible Rugby World Cup giant-killers.
New Zealander McKee also selected three players – lock Leone Nakarawa, number eight Viliame Mata and winger Josua Tuisova – who played in the sevens teams that won gold at the Rio Olympics.
The team is led by flanker Dominiko Waqaniburotu, who plays for Pau in France’s Top 14, with fly-half Ben Volavola also based in France for Paris club Racing 92.
With so much at stake, Wallabies coach Michael Cheika insisted he will be proud of his team “wherever the cards fall” at the Rugby World Cup after Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle raised the stakes by saying she expected them to reach the final.
Cheika took Australia all the way to the final of the 2015 edition in England before they lost to New Zealand at Twickenham.
Australia’s victory over New Zealand in Perth last month has raised hopes they can go one better in Japan and add to their 1991 and 1999 World Cup titles.
Despite New Zealand turning the tables to beat Australia in emphatic fashion a week later in Auckland, Castle said she was confident the Wallabies could at least match their feat from four years ago.