This year’s Rugby World Cup 2019 has the Wallabies squad going to Japan. The Australian coach, Michael Cheika has already confirmed the 31-man team for the Rugby World Cup. Michael Hooper has been picked to lead the team in Japan.
If you are a rugby fan or you have simply just gotten into it, you’re in for a great World Cup this year. This year, the experienced Australian squad has been handpicked for the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
The leader of the squad will be Michael Hooper, who has been in 95 test appearances and he will be captain and Samu Kerevi will be his deputy. Hooper will be in Japan a second time and 18 players are newcomers to the country and the World Cup Finals.
Adam Ashley-Cooper will play in his fourth Rugby World Cup. He is the second Wallaby to do this. George Gregan was the other player. He has played in 17 Rugby World Cup matches. This makes him only five games behind two record holders. They are Jason Leonard and Richie McCaw.
Jordan Petaia, who is a winger, is included in the match, even though he missed most of the 2019 Super Rugby due to a Lisfranc injury. He is back to full health, however, and he is ready to play. He is only 19-years old and makes the 21st player in the squad to graduate to full test honors from Rugby U20 championship.
The players are a very close-knit group of guys and they feel that this may have helped them get to this place as a team this year. They know that is was very tough to pick only 31 players to go to the Finals and they are all very supportive of one another even if they didn’t get chosen.
The coach wanted to make sure that the players who were picked are able to handle tournament play and maintain composure and strong competition for the final. Coach also discusses how in the next few weeks, the squad will be working much harder than ever. They are going to be the best team that they can be with an extra edge to them.
They have five extra train-on members coming to New Caledonia and then we’ll return to take on Samoa. The teams have had great games against one another in the past. A 10-day training camp that is very intensive will start in New Caledonia, then they will go back to Sydney, where they will play Samoa. That match is on September 7. The Wallabies will play the opening match of Pool D against Fiji at the Sapporo Dome on September 21st. Then they will play Wales, at the Tokyo Stadium eight days after that. Then the second match playing Wales will be Australia’s 50th Rugby World Cup match. They are the second country to achieve this. New Zealand is the other country that shares this honor. The Wallabies will play Uruguay and Georgia in Oita and Shizuoka on October 5th and on October 11th.
Michael Hooper (c)
Samu Kerevi (vc)