Wallabies vs Georgia Live : Australia and Georgia meet for the first time in their last pool match in the Rugby World Cup on Friday in Shizuoka.
It’s expected to rain during the evening match about 180 kilometers southwest of Tokyo, with the approach of Typhoon Hagibis up the eastern coast of Japan.
The Wallabies have already qualified for the quarterfinals after beating Fiji and Uruguay but still have a chance to top Pool D. They need to beat the Lelos, with a handy four-try bonus point, to put some pressure on unbeaten Wales to beat Uruguay on Sunday.
Australia has never lost two pool matches.
Georgia, which has beaten only Uruguay, is trying to win two pool matches for only the second time, and claim third place from Fiji and an automatic qualifying spot for the 2023 tournament in France. The Lelos have never beaten a Tier One team.
“They’re very physical, that’s quite obvious and they like the set pieces,” Cheika said. “It’ll be a really good challenge for us.”A lot of players play in professional leagues in France, England as well. They’re well attuned to competition at a high level.”It”s really exciting to be part of the first time two countries have ever faced off. We want to show them how we play our rugby and I’m sure they’ll be showing us how they play theirs.”
Australia captain Michael Hooper and lock Adam Coleman had been named among the replacements but have withdrawn from the squad due to minor injuries.Team spokesman Chris Ford told reporters: “Both of them were deemed to have a few niggles that they didn’t want to push on for this one, with now a confirmed quarter-final berth against England.”
The cancellation of Saturday’s Pool C match between England and France because of Typhoon Hagibis means Australia will play the English in the last eight if, as expected, Wales beat Uruguay in their final Pool D match.Rob Simmons and Lukhan Salakaia-Loto will now sit on the bench and cover the second and back rows respectively – with lock Simmons now set to win his 100th cap.