RWC Watch: Tahs in Japan


28/09/2019





We’re into week two and it’s the Wallabies biggest clash of the Pool Stage – taking on Wales at Tokyo Stadium.

The winner of Sunday’s fixture will all but finish atop Pool D and enjoy a preferred path through to the Quarter Finals.

We’re continuing to keep an eye on the Waratahs on deck for Michael Cheika – tracking their progress across the campaign.

After a getting the job done against Fiji, there’s been plenty of build up to what will be a huge clash on Sunday.

There’s been some changes to the starting side from the Wallabies opening game, with four changes across the backline and an unchanged forward pack.

Let’s see how our boys are shaping up:

Michael Hooper
Was huge against Fiji, putting in a captain’s knock to lead the Wallabies to victory. Scoring the Wallabies opening try of the tournament, Hooper helped turn the momentum when his side was on the back foot. Will again be integral to a Wallabies victory.

Kurtley Beale

Was busy at the back against the Fijians, but has been moved to the bench for the clash against Wales following a backline re-shuffle– in part due to Reece Hodge’s suspension. It’s expected Kurtley will still play solid minutes, providing spark and plenty of versatility.

Jack Dempsey
Dempsey won’t feature in the 23 against Wales, but is a strong chance to get game time in the Wallabies last two Pool games.

Adam Ashley-Cooper
Ashley-Cooper gets his chance to play in a fourth World Cup, starting on the wing in place of the suspended Hodge. His experience at the back will be vital in this all-important clash.

Rob Simmons
Simmons won’t feature in the 23 against Wales, but is a strong chance to get game time in the Wallabies last two Pool games.

Tolu Latu
Two tries and Man of the Match. A wonderful start to Tolu’s World Cup campaign. He led the way for the tight five against the Fijians, the platform he laid in the Wallabies first Pool game will be required again against a well-credentialled Wales pack.

Sekope Kepu
Will start from the reserves again alongside James Slipper, in what has become a valuable pairing for Michael Cheika. The experienced prop will have an important job ensuring a strong scrum and set piece for the Wallabies deep into the second half.

Bernard Foley
Comes into the starting side after missing out on the 23 against Fiji. Will combine with Genia in the halves. A player that loves the big stage, Foley’s kicking both in play and in front of goal will need to be on song.

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Match details:
Sunday 29 September
Australia v Wales
Kick-off: 5:45pm (AEST)
Tokyo Stadium


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