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Australia v Fiji: Rugby World Cup 2023 – stay Specific Instances

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Key occasions

Pre-match studying

Australia should enhance and our man Angus Fontaine has some ideas on this.

Groups

Eddie Jones has made three adjustments with James Slipper and scrum-half Nic White coming into the facet to switch injured Taniela Tupou and Tate McDermott. Nic Frost is within the second row.

Fiji coach Raiwalui strikes centre Semi Radradra to the left wing to usher in Josua Tuisova, who was a scoring alternative vs Wales. Tuisova will face Samu Kerevi in a monstrous battle at inside centre.

AUSTRALIA Ben Donaldson; Mark Nawaqanitawase, Jordan Petaia, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete; Carter Gordon, Nic White; Angus Bell, David Porecki, James Slipper, Nick Frost, Will Skelton (captain), Tom Hooper, Fraser McReight, Rob Valetini

Replacements: Jordan Uelese, Blake Schoupp, Zane Nonggorr, Richard Arnold, Robert Leota, Issak Fines-Leleiwasa, Lalakai Foketi, Suli Vunivalu

FIJI Ilaisa Droasese; Jiuta Wainiqolo, Waisea Nayacalevu (captain), Josua Tuisova, Semi Radradra; Teti Tela, Simione Kuruvoli; Eroni Mawi, Samuel Matavesi, Luke Tagi, Isoa Nasilasila, Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta, Lekima Tagitagivalu, Levani Botia, Viliame Mata

Replacements: Tevita Ikanivere, Peni Ravai, Mesake Doge, Temo Mayanavanua, Albert Tuisue, Frank Lomani, Vilimoni Botitu, Vinaya Habosi

Preamble

How do you greatest recover from heartbreak? Spend lengthy hours listening to your Spotify “Downer” playlist, take 4 weeks on a hedonistic pursuit of one thing to fill the yawning chasm inside you, rapidly discover one other companion though you realize it’s not honest to them otherwise you?

Fiji won’t be taking any of those choices, as a substitute selecting to give attention to the (hopefully) much less emotionally damaging activity of hammering Australia. The victory vs Wales could have agonisingly slipped via Semi Radrada’s butterfingers, however there was a lot within the motion of that good match to counsel a Fiji win at present – the primary towards the Wallabies within the Rugby World Cup – is properly inside their, ahem, grasp.

Australia arrive with a snug win over a disappointing Georgia within the pocket, however have disruptions aplenty to take care of within the construct up, notably within the entrance row and the hokey-cokey collection of captain Will Skelton. Even with out all this, the kindest approach to sum up their entire yr to this point is that they’ve struggled for consistency in each outcomes and efficiency.

The image in Pool C couldn’t be higher poised, with this recreation now taking over significance notably for Simon Raiwalui’s Fiji, who can’t afford to lose each fixtures towards their important rivals for development to the quarters; whereas Eddie Jones and his Wallabies will wish to have the factors from this win banked previous to going through Wales subsequent Sunday. It’s additionally an actual chance that Wales-Australia-Fiji every take a win from this mini round-robin, at which level bonus factors can be treasured commodities. Anticipate a couple of at present – a low-scoring affair this won’t be.

Settle in, this must be a belter.




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