It is already must-win territory for their opponents, Fiji, who were defeated 35-11 in the opening game of the competiton against England at Twickenham.
Horan, whose rugby career began at Toowoomba’s Downlands College, has fond memories of his World Cup win and touring the country with the trophy.
But all that changed immediately when fans greeted them on their arrival in Wales.
“The bus trip to the training session felt nearly game-day like”, he said. “I guess it is easier (to spot us) when you have a bright yellow bus, driving through Cardiff”.
As the prime threat in a lethal Wallabies backline, Folau knows he has to have an impact – and he’s worked hard to ensure he isn’t frozen out of the game by teams starving him of the ball. We haven’t seen a Fiji team like this before. We have still been doing a lot of work – it’s not like we have just been chilling.
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Ledesma has had an eye on Fiji’s progress over the past 12 months and says it was no surprise that the team put pressure on England.
“He goes through a very similar process every time he plays”.
The Rugby World organisers have informed the players about the interpretations of the laws of the game before the tournament kicks off. Jeffrey explained that divers would be “ungentlemanly” conduct, and those who are involved will receive a straight yellow card.
The last time the pair started together was in Australia’s August victory over the All Blacks in Sydney to secure the Rugby Championship.
Replacements: T Polota-Nau, J Slipper, G Holmes, W Skelton, D Mumm, N Phipps, M Toomua, K Beale.
A strong back row of Fardy, Hooper and David Pocock complement a locking unit of Douglas and Rob Simmons, while Moore is surrounded by Sio and Sekope Kepu.
The Wallabies coach said the pure talent of the duo meant he had to select both to start, with Pocock starting at number eight in place of the injured Wycliff Palu. But also you saw guys like Sonny Bill [Williams] and other inside backs coming on and changing [games].
The good people at World Rugby have uploaded all the highlights from the games so far, so if you missed any of the action then it couldn’t be easier to catch up. We didn’t have a really specific plan about how we wanted to go about things.
Now, 36 Tests later and four years’ playing in Wales and England with a contract due to start in France after the World Cup, Ma’afu is the ideal example of the new breed of Fijian players.
While the defeat may have damaged Fiji’s hope of qualifying to the tournament’s “pool of death”, coach John McKee still believes focusing on their next challenge would help them overcome a competitive group stage.
The 26-year-old from Yamba has played just two matches since March but has been shown faith by coach Michael Cheika for the Wallabies opener.