Australia always seem to raise their game for the World Cup, can they do so again?

Australia Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide

It has become a cliché that you can never write off the Wallabies heading into a Rugby World Cup, but their form in the past year has been pretty rotten. Forget ‘alright on the night’, the Aussies must up their game to gargantuan levels…

How They Qualified

Australia were one of the 12 automatic qualifiers for the 2019 tournament.

Key Players

Dual scavengers Michael Hooper and David Pocock can demolish attacks, half-backs Will Genia and Bernard Foley can launch their own, and full-back Israel Folau can finish them.

Dynamic: Hooper and Pocock are two of the finest back-rowers in the world (Getty Images)

The Coach – Michael Cheika

Passionate, if volatile, Michael Cheika is set for his second World Cup, having bossed his boys to the final last time. However, he has been under real pressure, with some calling for him to depart his post, despite being so close to the tournament. The Aussie also coached Leinster to a Heineken Cup triumph.

Under pressure: Cheika’s record with the Wallabies is not what is expected from the men in gold (Getty Images)

Major Work-ons

Australia have been error prone for a few years now, playing fast and loose. That can work in their favour against lesser sides but only against the big boys if they have a solid set-piece, which has abandoned them in recent times.

Australia Rugby World Cup Warm-ups

  • Saturday 20 July 2019: South Africa 35-17 Australia
  • Saturday 27 July 2019: Australia 16-10 Argentina
  • Saturday 10 August 2019: Australia 47-26 New Zealand
  • Saturday 17 August 2019: New Zealand v Australia, Eden Park, Auckland, 8.35am, Live on Sky Sports
  • Saturday 7 September 2019: Australia v Samoa, Bankwest Stadium, Sydney, kick-off TBC

Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup Warm-ups

Australia Rugby World Cup Group

Australia are in Group D alongside Wales, Fiji, Georgia and Uruguay.

Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup Groups

Australia Rugby World Cup Fixtures

  • Sat 21 Sep Australia v Fiji (Sapporo)
  • Sun 29 Sep Australia v Wales (Tokyo)
  • Sat 5 Oct Australia v Uruguay (Oita)
  • Fri 11 Oct Australia v Georgia (Shizuoka)

Familiar Foes: Australia will play Wales at the 2019 World Cup (Getty Images)

Australia Rugby World Cup Squad

We will update this section with the official squad as soon as it is announced.

Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup Fixtures

Previous World Cup Results and Record

Australia’s Rugby World Cup Record: P48 W39 D0 L9

  • 1987 Fourth
  • 1991 Champions
  • 1995 Quarter-finals
  • 1999 Champions
  • 2003 Runners-up
  • 2007 Quarter-finals
  • 2011 Third
  • 2015 Runners-up

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