The Wallabies begin their World Cup campaign this weekend with their first match in the tournament against Georgia set to kick off at 2:00 am AEST on September 10 on Stan Sport and Channel Nine.
The Wallabies and Georgia last faced off in 2019, with the Aussies beating Georgia in Japan.
Under coach Eddie Jones, the Wallabies side captained by Will Skelton will be out to bring glory back to the green and gold on the international stage. The Wallabies come into the Georgia match-up and the World Cup as a whole on a five-match losing streak and they have not won since Eddie Jones returned as head coach in January.
In the World Cup, they face a stiff field featuring the titans of world rugby – South Africa and New Zealand, tournament favourites and hosts France, alongside fellow threats Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales, plus Argentina and Fiji in a field of 20 countries all fighting to win the William Webb Ellis trophy.
Nine’s commentary team of rugby union stars and experts led by Michael Atkinson and Nick McArdle will include Wallabies legends Tim Horan, Mat Rogers, Justin Harrison, James Horwill, Morgan Turinui and Stephen Hoiles.
Wallabies Team Lineup:
Ben Donaldson; Mark Nawaqanitawase, Jordan Petaia, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete; Carter Gordon, Tate McDermott; Angus Bell, David Porecki, Taniela Tupou; Richard Arnold, Will Skelton (captain); Tom Hooper, Fraser McReight, Rob Valetini
Replacements: Matt Faessler, Blake Schoupp, Zane Nonggorr, Robert Leota, Langi Gleeson, Nic White, Lalakai Foketi, Suli Vunivalu
Georgia Team Lineup:
Davit Niniashvili; Akaki Tabutsadze, Demur Tapladze, Merab Sharikadze (captain), Miriani Modebadze; Luka Matkava, Vasil Lobzhanidze; Nika Abuladze, Shalva Mamukashvili, Guram Papidze; Nodar Cheishvili, Konstantine Mikautadze; Tornike Jalagonia, Luka Ivanishvili, Beka Gorgadze
Replacements: Tengizi Zamtaradze, Guram Gogichashvili, Beka Gigashvili, Lasha Jaiani, Giorgi Tsutskiridze, Gela Aprasidze, Tedo Abzhandadze, Giorgi Kveseladze
Wallabies Rugby World Cup Playing Scheule
Wallabies v Georgia kicks off at 2:00 am AEST, September 10 on Stan Sport and Nine.