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Australia are the last team in the Pool of Death to begin their Rugby World Cup campaign, when they face a potential banana skin clash with Fiji at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Wednesday.
Fiji may have lost their opening game, when they faced the hosts, England, at Twickenham last Friday, but they were very much in the game until the final 10 minutes, when England scored two of their four tries to pull clear, winning 35-11. With greater goal-kicking accuracy, the Fijians would have put the hosts under greater scoreboard pressure, and possibly created an upset even greater than Japan’s win against South Africa the following day.
The Wallabies have enjoyed previous World Cups that have been held in the UK, their two titles coming in 1991, when they beat the hosts England in a Twickenham final, and in 1999, when they defeated France comfortably in Cardiff. The fact that the Fijians have only a short turnaround time, since their exertions last Friday, may allow the Australia to ease past their opponents without extending themselves unduly, which would be their ideal scenario with matches against England and Wales, their most likely rivals for a qualifying place from Pool A, still to come at Twickenham.
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