Australia Wallabies vs Wales Rugby Action:
Stop all plans for Sunday afternoon and get ready for the biggest game yet in this Rugby World Cup of Pool D clash.No matter who you support, the Rugby World Cup 2019 has already made some sensational sports moments. England crushing the USA 45-7, the tense match up between Australia and Ireland or even Russia’s crushing defeat at the hands of Samoa. But the action is only really just getting started.
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Nevertheless, the balance of power in the rugby world has shifted towards the northern hemisphere in recent years, with Wales, Ireland, and England all having been in and around the world number one ranking position, and Scotland not too far behind.
Or is this the year that one of the less fashionable nations step up and show what they can do? We all know how dangerous Argentina are, but what of Fiji, Georgia and the hosts themselves?
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Michael Cheika’s Wallabies taking on Warren Gatland’s Wales. Four years of preparation comes down to this. 80 unsparing minutes of blood and thunder.
For Australia and Wales, Pool D is now there for the taking following Fiji’s shock defeat to Uruguay.This blockbuster encounter in Tokyo is likely to decide who will win the group and most likely avoid England in the quarter-finals.
The Welsh have arrived in Japan full of belief having been ranked above the All Blacks this year as the number one team on the planet. For the thousands of fans draped in red, now is the time to finally deliver the Webb Ellis Cup.
Wales have been close before. Most notably the semi-final heartbreak of 2011 which featured Sam Warburton’s terribly unjust red card.
The former Welsh captain told Sky Sports this week that victory this Sunday could prove pivotal in the final outcome of this tournament.
“If Wales can beat Australia I think that will be a real springboard to potentially get through to a semi-final, if not a final. There is so much riding on the game.
“To beat a southern hemisphere team away from home in a World Cup, that would be a brilliant statement from Wales.
Australia had to turn on the style in the second half after they went into half-time trailing Fiji in their opening RWC match but a strong performance in that 40-minute period saw the Wallabies come out on top.
For this crunch clash with Wales, the Wallabies have made numerous changes to their team with the most notable coming in the halves as the experienced pairing of Will Genia and Bernard Foley are preferred to Nic White and Christian Lealiifano.
Reece Hodge will miss the next three weeks after the winger was cited and subsequently banned at a disciplinary hearing following his high tackle against Fiji, with Adam Ashley-Cooper taking his place in the side for this game.
Wales claimed a comfortable win over Georgia in their first match of the tournament but will want to improve on several areas of their game after a sloppy second half performance saw the Georgians managing to match them during that period.
The Welsh suffered injuries to Hadleigh Parkes and Ken Owens against Georgia but they have been deemed fit enough to play. However, the news on Cory Hill is not good after he failed to overcome the stress fracture to his leg, with Bradley Davies taking his place in the squad.
With Parkes and Owens proving their fitness it means that head coach Warren Gatland has named an unchanged starting line-up for the game against Australia but there is a change on the bench with Owen Watkin replacing Leigh Halfpenny.
Neither Australia nor Wales set the world alight in their opening RWC matches but they will need to find their best form quickly as they meet in this important Pool D contest. The winner of this should top the group and in what is likely to be a nervy affair, it could be a low-scoring contest as it was when the sides last met – Wales edging it 9-6. They have opted to take different approaches to this game but Wales’ decision to retain their entire starting XV from their opening game could be the strategy that works best and they can edge this one, too.