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Wallabies ‘Ready’

The Australian Wallabies are wary of the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians as they countdown to Saturday’s Rugby World Cup (RWC) 2019 clash at the Sapporo Dome in Japan.
17 Sep 2019 11:48
Wallabies ‘Ready’
Fijian-born Australian Wallabies vice-captain Samu Kerevi.

The Australian Wallabies are wary of the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians as they countdown to Saturday’s Rugby World Cup (RWC) 2019 clash at the Sapporo Dome in Japan.

Wallabies first five-eight Bernard Foley said this was despite the fact that the Flying Fijians have not beaten the Wallabies since 1965.

Foley, who was one of the Wallabies stars at the 2015 RWC, is training hard in trying to regain the first five-eight spot from Christian Lealiifano.

To be fair, the 30-year-old Foley has featured in 43 of a possible 47 Tests since the last World Cup.

Australia squared off against Fiji in their 2015 opener as well and came away from Cardiff with a 28-13 win. Foley was under the impression it was the last time the Wallabies had played Fiji, but a 37-14 victory in Melbourne in 2017 obviously slipped his memory.

“All the talk out of the Australian camp is that Fiji will be a far tougher proposition than four years ago and despite not having lost to the Pacific Island nation since 1965, the Wallabies will field a full-strength side in Sapporo,” he said.

“We know how dangerous they (Fijians) are especially out in the backline.

“They have got a number of players who have been playing up in the European competitions who have been setting them alight. They are so dangerous in turnover and counter-attack in that unstructured style of play when they are getting their offloads.

“Four years ago in the World Cup the physicality was another level. They brought a big physicality and took us on upfront at the set-piece as well in the scrums. For us, it’s a really great game for us to test ourselves in those areas.”

When contacted yesterday Flying Fijians head coach John McKee said they had completed their tough training session and were now working towards Saturday.

“We really went really hard and intensively one of our last really big physical days before the test match,” he told Radio New Zealand.

McKee said he was pleased with their preparations for the tournament so far and this final week was all about the Wallabies.

“Just working through our clarity and making sure the players really know our game plan inside-out,” the coach said.

“We are really excited here we are getting near game one and all the hard work that we have put in since July one we hope that really pays off this week with our performance.

“But the players are in good shape, you know, we have had a couple of injuries [with players] who are now back in training, so we have just about got a full complement to choose from this week,” McKee added.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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