Rugby World Cup 2015: James Slipper humbled to captain Wallabies in historic

“They have got some really big, tall timber in the second row”.


The score lifted the Eagles and it got better after the half hour mark when Ngwenya Takudzwa found himself in space down the right. “If they can get the crowd involved that can give them something extra”.

Phipps was included in Australia’s starting XV for Saturday’s match.

Cheika has rested captain and hooker Stephen Moore and regular flankers David Pocock and Michael Hooper, with prop James Slipper to take the reins of a second-string side that should still comprehensively outclass the Eagles.

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Cheika, for all his confidence built on club success in Europe and Australia, would be all too aware that the last Australian team to win the World Cup also happened to be the best prepared – the 1999 Wallabies coached by Rod Macqueen.

Backrower Ben McCalman and inside center Matt Giteau were selected as vice-captains this week.

“This Saturday is a really important match for us as a group, especially with a couple of boys making their debuts”.

The US performance was an improvement over its last match at Soldier Field against a southern hemisphere side.

The result was a far cry from the 74-6 thrashing New Zealand inflicted on the Americans at the same venue previous year. The United States of America are a good team.

“Our guys won’t be, with all due respect to the Wallabies”.

“To play at this level and get ready to walk into a World Cup you can’t be intimidated”, Tolkin told reporters this week after naming the USA’s 31-man World Cup squad.

U.S. are also headed for the tournament, albeit as huge underdogs, and sit in Pool B with South Africa, Samoa, Scotland and Japan. However Cheika additionally instructed that some locations within the group might nonetheless be up for grabs of their opening recreation of the World Cup towards Fiji.

“However, while the Rugby World Cup is a whole different kettle of fish, many of these players do have a fair bit of worldwide play under their belts since 2011”.

On Thursday, Tokin said France-based forward Scott LaValla has a fractured elbow and will be replaced by Matt Trouville. When not flying off his wing to grab anything in green and gold, he played a large part in the impressive try by Mike Petri which closed the gap to four points at the end of the first period.

Here are the details for the Wallabies team (15-1) courtesy of SBS: Kurtley Beale, Joe Tomane, Henry Speight, Matt Giteau, Rob Horne, Bernard Foley, Nick Phipps, Wycliff Palu, Sean McMahon, Ben McCalman, Rob Simmons, Kane Douglas, Greg Holmes, Tatafu Polota-Nau, James Slipper (capt). Other Wallabies tries went to Nick Phipps, Sean McMahon, Dean Mumm, Kurtley Beale, Quade Cooper and replacement Taqele Naiyaravoro; the first of his career.


With the United States banking on an aggressive rush defence to try and unsettle the visitors, shrewder use of the boot might have opened up the space behind the defensive line and kept the blitzing American tacklers a little more honest.

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