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Rugby World Cup: Australia v Fiji preview

Australia’s Rugby World Cup journey continues on Monday when they take on a Fiji side who cannot afford to lose this Pool C clash.

The Wallabies got their campaign off to the perfect start with a 35-15 win over Georgia, and they are now priced at 1.57 to go on and win Pool C.

Fiji, however, lost out 32-26 to Wales in their opening game and cannot afford another loss if they are to make it through to the knockout stages.

It means they will be giving their all to get the win and the Wallabies will have to be at their best to get the job done.

And they may have to do it without a couple of key players who are struggling through injury and face a race against time to make it.

WhatAustralia v Fiji
WhereStade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Etienne
When01:45 (AEST), Monday 18th September 2023
How to watchChannel 9
OddsAustralia 1.33, Draw 23.00, Fiji 3.40

Wallabies waiting on key duo

The Wallabies will be out to build on their opening win over Georgia when they take on Fiji, but coach Eddie Jones could be without prop forward Taniela Tupou.

Tupou played a key role in the win over Georgia but picked up a hamstring issue in the process and is now touch and go for the clash with Fiji.

The prop has been sitting out training and the Wallabies will keep a close eye on him over the next few days before making a decision on whether or not he will be able to play.

Assistant coach Jason Ryles has confirmed the injury to Tupou, but at least it is not a serious one and he could still make Monday’s game.

James Slipper is another player who could miss out as he continues to recover from a foot injury.

Slipper missed the game against Georgia and the Wallabies are unlikely to take any risks on him this early on in the competition.

Special connection for Wallabies stars

It remains to be seen whether Jones will tinker with his starting side, but Langi Gleeson is hoping to get more minutes against Fiji.

The back-rower, who is one of several Wallabies players to have Fijian heritage, came off the bench against Georgia and will be looking for more game-time.

The clash will also have even more meaning for Mark Nawaqanitawase, Marika Koroibete, Suliasi Vunivalu, Samu Kerevi, Rob Valetini and Issak Fines-Leleiwasa, due to their Fijian heritage.

Do-or-die for Fiji

The Fijian camp have revealed the game against the Wallabies is now their ‘final’ as they simply have to win it to have a chance of making it out of Pool C.

They are priced at 3.40 to do that and must beat the Wallabies to keep their hopes alive.

Australia have just picked up their first win for Jones in his second stint and should be full of confidence.

However, Fiji cannot be written off and we could be in for a close, competitive game.

If Fiji are to nick the win it could be a narrow victory and they are priced at 6.50 to win by 1-5 points.

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