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Rugby World Cup: ‘Let’s Get It Done’

Kurtley Beale said the Wallabies have so much respect for the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians and he can’t wait for the showdown in Sapporo on Saturday. The Wallabies utility backline
19 Sep 2019 12:00
Rugby World Cup: ‘Let’s Get It Done’
Australian Wallabies fullback Kurtley Beale.

Kurtley Beale said the Wallabies have so much respect for the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians and he can’t wait for the showdown in Sapporo on Saturday.

The Wallabies utility backline veteran said the match-up deserved the hype and the publicity it deserved and it’s time to get the show, the second game of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, on the road.

Beale singled out Semi Radradra as one of the key men for the Flying Fijians.

“I’ve only seen Semi Radradra play on TV until now but we all know he has flair, size and speed,” he told Fox Sports.

“Radradra is one threat but there are 14 other Fijians with the same capabilities.

“That’s how much respect we have for Fiji and playmaker Ben Volavola because he’s had a good head on his shoulders since we played together at the NSW Waratahs.

“It’s a huge Test for us.

“And believe me, whoever of our own Fijian-born players (Samu Kerevi, Tevita Kuridrani, Isi Naisarani and Marika Koroibete) get to play, they will be 100 per cent pumped for this.

“I can’t wait. Let’s get the World Cup started.”

After being the losing finalist to the All Blacks at the 2015 RWC, Beale hopes the Wallabies will go one better in Japan.

“Four years ago, I went to bed the night before the RWC final believing the Wallabies’ destiny was to be world champions the following day.

It still sticks in my mind to this day that we came up short against a great All Blacks side in that final.

“I’d be lying not to say the dream is to make sure we go one step further this year but my mind is all about today, all about playing Fiji on Saturday in Sapporo.

You can’t think any other way because a World Cup tournament is a completely different beast to anything else we strike in rugby.

All the hard training, all the tight bonds you must develop as a squad, all the hunger to play for each other and all the mental rehearsal to live in the moment, not just talk about it, has been taking shape for this exciting challenge over the next seven weeks in Japan.

Our only focus now is on game one and then it’s all about momentum, all about being physically and mentally tougher than we were the game before.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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