Australia open their 2015 World Cup campaign on Wednesday when they go head to head with Fiji, who were defeated by England in the opening match. Don't miss our AUSTRALIA v FIJI betting preview with predictions, expert tips, best odds, starting XVs, exclusive free bets and no deposit bonuses on the match!
AUSTRALIA v FIJI BETTING PREVIEW Australia are yet to take to the field but have won their first ever Rugby Championship crown earlier this year - a triumph that included important victories. They beat the South Africa (24-20) in Brisbane and Argentina (34-9) in Mendoza. A 27-19 win over New Zealand in Sydney saw them lift the trophy but a week later the All Blacks hammered the Wallabies with a 41-13 win in a Bledisloe Cup match in Auckland. More recently they recordeda 47-10 win over USA in Chicago in the last warm up match. In the group of death, anything other than a bonus-point win for the Wallabies here will be seen as a huge failure.
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has made wholesale changes to the side that defeated the United States last time out. The likes of Israel Folau and Michael Hooper have been included while Brumbies flank David Pocock will start at number 8. Will Genia returns to the run-on side for the first time since their match against South Africa last July. Rob Simmons and Kane Douglas have named in the Australian second row, with Dean Mumm and Will Skelton on the bench
Fiji have lost 35-11 to England in the match that opened the World Cup last Friday but they came out of that contest at Twickenham with plenty of credit. They tackled well and moved the ball with the speed we have come to expect from the island nation proving they should not be taken lightly. Anyway, it's a huge ask to back up and battle another of the game's heavyweights just five days later.
Fiji have made just four changes to the side beaten by England and they all in the forwards. Their back line remains unchanged from Twickenham while Talemaitoga Tuapati, Tevita Cavubati, Netani Talei and Peceli Yato all having been included in the pack. Coach John McKee will have to make do without the services of flanker Dominiko Waqaniburotu, who has been suspended after he was cited for foul play against England. It will be in the Fijian backline where the danger man lurks for the Wallabies in the shape of Crusaders wing Nameni Nadolo.
Fiji have won none of their last 10 meetings with Australia, including the most recent clash when they were defeated 49-3 back in 2010.
- 2010: Australia won 49-3 in Canberra
- 2007: Australia won 55-12 in Montpellier
- 2007: Australia won 49-0 in Perth
AUSTRALIA v FIJI STARTING XVs Australia: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Giteau, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Will Genia, 8 David Pocock, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Kane Douglas, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Stephen Moore (c), 1 Scott Sio
Replacements: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 James Slipper, 18 Greg Holmes, 19 Will Skelton, 20 Dean Mumm, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Matt Toomua, 23 Kurtley Beale.
Fiji: 15 Metuisela Talebula, 14 Waisea Nayacalevu, 13 Vereniki Goneva, 12 Gabiriele Lovobalavu, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Ben Volavola, 9 Nikola Matawalu, 8 Netani Talei, 7 Akapusi Qera (c), 6 Peceli Yato, 5 Leone Nakarawa, 4 Tevita Cavubati, 3 Manasa Saulo, 2 Tuapati Talemaitoga, 1 Campese Ma'afu
Replacements: 16 Viliame Veikoso, 17 Peni Ravai, 18 Isei Colati, 19 Nemia Soqeta, 20 Malakai Ravulo, 21 Nemia Kenatale, 22 Josh Matavesi, 23 Aseli Tikoirotuma
AUSTRALIA v FIJI BEST ODDS
|AUSTRALIA|| 1.06 with||Bet £10, win £10.60|
|THE DRAW||76.00 with||Bet £10, win £760.00|
|FIJI||17.00 with||Bet £10, win £170.00|
AUSTRALIA v FIJI PREDICTIONS
- Winning Margin: Australia 11-20 points @ 4.50
- Total points: Under 55.5 @ 1.90
- Highest Scoring Half: 2nd half @ 1.73
- Anytime goalscorer: Israel Folau @ 1.66
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