Wallaby centre Samu Kerevi has been named the vice captain for the World Cup. Photo: Rugby Australia
The Wallabies have named 52 percent; 16 players from the Pacific Islands last Friday in their 31 man squad for the Rugby World Cup in Japan which kicks off on September 20. Continue reading
Wallaby Israel Folau (left) negates Fiji’s Metuisela Talebula (centre) and Asaeli Tikjoirotuma’s attempt to collect a high kick for a try. Photo: SMH
England’s loss to Wales 25-28 has literally consigned Fiji’s chances of reaching the quarterfinals to the ash-heap putting the Red Dragons on nine points leading in the Pool A points table equaling the Wallabies.
The English have moved down to third position with six points after gaining a point from the loss but with two matches on hand with the one against Uruguay easy pickings for a bonus point win will put them in good stead for a place in the last eight.
Fiji’s Asaeli Tikoirotuma bumps Michael Hooper in the Pool A clash in Cardiff. Photo: Getty Images
You can call it the Japanese Effect – or simply tournament management.
But the Wallabies are adamant they made the right moves in a physically brutal contest against Fiji and they have would not change their tactics after scoring three tries in the first 42 minutes of the game.
Stand-in Wallabies captain Hooper made the call to protect the Australia’s lead by taking a penalty shot in the last 10 minutes of their 25-13 win against Fiji in Cardiff.
Fiji’s Nemani Nadolo (right) tackles Australia’s Scott Fardy. Photo: SMH
Wallabies veteran has seen a revival in the national team’s standing at home and abroad reinforced by the 28-13 Pool A victory over Fiji
BATH – With 109 caps, Australia wing Adam Ashley-Cooper has been around the Wallabies long enough to have experienced many high and lows.
For several years up until 2014 it was all lows as Australia’s international reputation in rugby took a bit of a battering, which had dire consequences for the game domestically, and resulted in other football codes moving head of rugby in the domestic pecking order.
Timely reminder for Cheika’s men to be vigilant. Photo: Getty Images
The Wallabies had a brush with World Cup espionage after security was forced to chase off a man hiding in bushes with a long-lens camera next to their training ground.
Australia have felt removed from all the serious World Cup hype in tranquil Bath, but that was shattered yesterday when a man with a long-lens camera was spotted by World Rugby security lurking in bushes adjacent to the field where they’ve been training at Bath University.
The session was private and the training field is surrounded by high fences with hessian. But the man was spotted in one mangrove-like area that has a view of the field.