AUSTRALIA

  

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AUSTRALIA INTRODUCTION

Co-hosts of the first Rugby World Cup in 1987 and champions four years later, Australia are synonymous with milestones in Rugby World Cup history. So, too, are the team’s former stars: Nick Farr-Jones, David Campese, John Eales, Michael Lynagh George Gregan, Matt Giteau, Drew Mitchell – we could go on.

Two-time winners of the Webb Ellis Cup, in 1991 and 1999, the Wallabies will hope to dominate once more in 2023, with a potential line-up including captain Michael Hooper, centre Jordan Petaia, one of the breakout stars of Rugby World Cup 2019, and the mighty Taniela Tupou, nicknamed "the Tongan Thor" for good reason.

What will Australia’s meetings with Wales and Fiji bring this time? Both teams shared a pool with Australia in 2015 and 2019 so there will be scores to settle at Rugby World Cup 2023. Australia coach Dave Rennie's men will certainly be looking to improve on their last tournament outing in France in 2007, which ended with a narrow quarter-final defeat to England in Marseille.