Australia v Fiji: How to watch live, Team news, Kick-off time, TV Channel, odds & predictions

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Australia v Fiji will kick off the Rugby League World Cup in Leeds this Saturday, with the 2017 World Champions Kangaroos taking on semi-finalists Fiji Bati at Headingley Stadium at 7.30 pm.

Australia will open its Rugby League World Cup campaign against Fiji on Saturday.

Australia trounced England 6-0 in the 2017 World Cup final in Australia and will be trying to make it three titles in a row, having also won the competition in 2013.

Fiji has reached the World Cup semi-finals three times in a row, most recently defeating New Zealand 4-2 in the 2017 quarter-finals.

During their preparations, they were defeated 50-0 by hosts England, and they also lost numerous players to injury.

This will be the seventh Rugby League Test match between the two countries.

Australia v Fiji Match details:

  • Australia v Fiji
  • Date: Saturday 15th October
  • Kick-off time: 7:30 pm
  • Venue: Headingley Stadium, Leeds
  • Group A

How can I watch Australia v Fiji Live?

The BBC will broadcast every game from the men’s, women’s, and wheelchair World Cup tournaments.

The game will be broadcast live on BBC Two, BBC iPlayer, and BBC Sport.

Team news for Australia v Fiji

In a system based on when they made their international debut, the Australians will wear shirts that are utterly unreflective of their playing positions.

Australia’s 19-man roster consists of the following players: 1. James Tedesco (c) 9. Josh Addo-Carr 8. Latrell Mitchell Valentine Holmes 4 Murray Taulagi is number 23. Cameron Munster is seventh. Daly Cherry-Evans is number two. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui, 18 5. Jake Trbojevic 17. Angus Crichton 3. Ben Hunt Jeremiah Nanai is number 22. 11. Cameron Murray (Substitute: Harry Grant (20), Reuben Cotter (16), Patrick Carrigan (13), and Jack Wighton (10). Matt Burton, No. 12; Campbell Graham, No. 19

1. Sunia Turuva, 2.Maika Sivo, 3.Maika Sivo, 4.Maika Sivo, 5.Maika Sivo, 6.Maika Sivo, 7.Maika Sivo Kevin Naiqama 4 (c), Sitiveni Moceidreke, 6. Brandon Wakeham, 7th. Apisai Koroisau, No. 9 Ben Nakubuwai, ten. Taniela Sadrugu, 11 Viliame Kikau, 12 Tui Kamikamica, 13 Penioni Tagituimu, 14 Lamar Manuel-Liolevave, 16 17.Vuniyayawa, King Netane Masima, 18 Semi Valemei, 19 Isaac Lumelume, 21. Josh Wong (number 22), Jowasa Drodrolagi (number 23), and Vuate Karawalevu (number 24).

What the two factions have to say

“The team is well balanced in all positions,” Mal Meninga stated. I’m not concerned about my lack of experience. Many have played in State of Origin and finals. “I know all of my players who put on the Green and Gold shirt will play with zeal.”

“We’re tremendously excited,” said Fiji skipper Kevin Naiqama. The anticipation has been building for a long time; this has been five years in the making. The boys are eager to be here and see the nation, but they are also looking forward to getting down to business and doing Fiji proud.

“It’s a tough group.” If you believe there will be any easy matches in this World Cup, you’re delusory. This is my third World Cup, and I believe it is the best yet.

“Beating Australia will require all of us to be at our best.”

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Predictions and odds Australia v Fiji:

Australia is the overwhelming favorite at 1/250 with Planet Sport Bet. In fact, Meninga’s Kangaroos are 8/15 to win the entire tournament, with New Zealand a distant second at 7/2.

Fiji, which is 50/1 to win the tournament, is a whopping 18/1 to beat Australia on Saturday evening.

Unfortunately, you must accept the odds. Australia is stocked with quality players, with seven players ready to make their debuts, and they are expected to easily defeat their opponents.

 

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