The opening Game of This 2019 Rugby World Cup kicks off Friday, September 20 as Countries from all across the World compete for the William Webb Ellis Trophy in Japan. The opening phase of the contest sees 20 teams try to combat their way from four Pools – A, B, C and D. Each Pool comprises five teams and two could progress to the knockout rounds.
Australia have been in Pool D along with Wales, Georgia, Fiji and Uruguay and ought to easily progress, together with the Welsh, into another round. But, both Georgia and Fiji are potential banana skins.
Pool D is aligned with Pool C from the quarter-finals, so the winner of Pool D plays with the runner-up in Pool C along with also the runner-up in Pool D plays the winner of Pool C. This means that Australia and Wales Will Need to take on England, France or Argentina to get a spot in the semis
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
Australia were among those 12 automatic qualifiers for its 2019 tournament.
Double scavengers Michael Hooper and David Pocock can demolish strikes, half-backs Can Genia and Bernard Foley will establish their very own, and full-back Israel Folau can complete them.
Passionate, if explosive, Michael Cheika is place for his next World Cup, with bossed his boys into the last moment. But he’s been under real stress, with some calling for him to leave his article, despite being really near the tournament. The Aussie also coached Leinster into some Heineken Cup victory.
Australia are error prone for a couple of years now, playing loose and fast. That may work in their favor against smaller sides but just contrary to the boys when they have a good set-piece, which has abandoned them in recent times.
Saturday 17 August: New Zealand vs. Australia, Eden Park, Auckland, kick-off TBC
AUSTRALIA RUGBY WORLD CUP FIXTURES
AUSTRALIA VS FIJI … SATURDAY 21 SEPTEMBER… 4.45AM BST… LIVE ON ITV
AUSTRALIA VS WALES … SUNDAY 29 SEPTEMBER… 8.45AM BST… LIVE ON ITV
AUSTRALIA VS URUGUAY … SATURDAY 5 OCTOBER… 6.15AM BST… LIVE ON ITV
AUSTRALIA VS GEORGIA … FRIDAY 11 OCTOBER… 11.15AM BST… LIVE ON ITV