New Zealand’s three-time premiership Rugby League team will take on Australia’s five-time champion and two-time defending champions, the Wallabies, at the ANZ Stadium on Sunday night.
It’s the fourth time the Wallaby team has faced the Wallackas in the tournament and the first time the two sides have met in Sydney since 2007.
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika will be hoping to get a clean sheet against the Wallakas and his side will be missing two key players.
The Wallaby captain has been sidelined since early January with an injury and winger Adam Ashley-Cooper is out with a knee injury, leaving the Wallachia team with just one player in the starting XV and the replacement in the backline.
Wallabies’ backline has been bolstered by the return of veteran Josh Hodgson, who made his international debut for the Wallacks last year.
The Wallabies also had the option to drop out of the tournament after a loss to Australia last week but decided not to do so.
The Wallacka side has been without a win in four of the past five seasons, including the last three.
The team also missed the finals last year due to injury and had lost two games in a row before losing to the Wallaies in the finals this season.
This will be Wallaby’s first World Cup in the last five years, and the last time they were in the competition in Australia was in 2012.
The first meeting between the Wallaroas and Wallabies will be a big test for the two teams, but the Wallacas will be eager to get another win after they were knocked out of their last two matches by the Wallapas.
Rugby league is a growing sport in Australia, and Wallaby coach Michael Burrage says the Wallas have a big advantage.
The Wallacks are looking to get back into the tournament on a high and are looking forward to a tough test against a team with a history and a lot more experience.””
We have a history of playing very well against them, and we’ll be hoping they can be a little bit more aggressive in front of goal and give us a little more of a scare.”
The Wallacks are looking to get back into the tournament on a high and are looking forward to a tough test against a team with a history and a lot more experience.
“I think it’s a big challenge, it’s going to be a tough challenge for us,” Wallaby player Nathan Harris said.
“The Wallays have a lot better squad and a better squad is going to help us a lot.”
But, we have to be realistic, there’s no point in going there without a good performance.