Lealiifano To Steer Wallabies In World Cup Opener

· Rugby World Cup
by Brumbies Media

Christian Lealiifano has been selected at flyhalf for the Wallabies opening game of the Rugby World Cup with Six Brumbies total named in the squad to take on Fiji. 

The inspirational figure will now complete what is one the great stories in World Rugby history, by battling back from illness to steer Australia at a World Cup. 

Scott Sio and Allan Alaalatoa continue their tandem as the props in gold. James Slipper may be first off the bench to replace Sio, their partnership in 2019 being of the seasons biggest takeaways.

Rory Arnold takes his place in the second row while David Pocock's versatility will be on show once again as the World Class openside wears six for the Wallabies. 

The starting side boasts 600 caps of Test experience between them with a further 436 caps amongst the reserves.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said: “Our goal is to win. I’m sure every team comes to every World Cup believing they can win, and that’s what makes it such a great tournament.
“We want to do two things; to do our best to win the tournament but also to show young people in Australia who are watching, how beautiful the game of rugby can be and inspire them to play rugby back home in the future,” Cheika said.

Australia met Fiji in the opening clash of the 2015 Rugby World Cup when the Wallabies prevailed 28-13 at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
The Wallabies will take on Wales at Tokyo Stadium in their second Pool D clash before games against Uruguay and Georgia in Oita and Shizuoka on October 5 and October 11, respectively. The two highest-ranked teams at the end of the pool stage will advance to the Quarter Finals.

Foxtel will showcase every Rugby World Cup game LIVE across two dedicated channels with no ad-breaks during play and in 4K Ultra High Definition. All games will also be streamed LIVE and On Demand on Kayo Sports.

Ten of the biggest matches from the 2019 Rugby World Cup will air LIVE and free on Network 10, WIN Network and tenplay.com.au, including every Australia match right up to and including the Final.
2019 Rugby World Cup

Wallabies v Fiji at Sapporo Dome, Sapporo, Japan, Saturday 21 September at 2.45pm AEST
Wallabies v Wales at Ajinomoto Stadium, Tokyo, Sunday 29 September at 5.45pm AEST
Wallabies v Uruguay at Oita Bank Dome, Oita, Saturday 5 October at 3.15pm AEST
Wallabies v Georgia at Shizuoka Stadium, Shizuoka, Friday 11 October at 9.15pm AEST