Viliame Mata Australia v Fiji: Teams, kick-off time, predictions, live stream as Australia play Fiji at the Rugby World Cup

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The Wallabies take on Fiji in a crucial Pool D clash to start their respective Rugby World Cup campaigns in Japan.

The contest in Sapporo will be a repeat of their pool-stage encounter at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, when the Wallabies won 28-13 in Cardiff.

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Australia v Fiji 

The Wallabies went on to make the final of the 2015 tournament, where they lost to the All Blacks, but have suffered some very lean years under coach Michael Cheika.

Fiji appear to have made great strides under Kiwi-born coach John McKee and will be out to spring a surprise after recording a statement 21-14 win against France in Paris last November. 

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Viliame Mata Star openside flanker David Pocock's return to fitness is a major boost to the Wallabies' chances in Japan.

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Star openside flanker David Pocock’s return to fitness is a major boost to the Wallabies’ chances in Japan.

Where:Sapporo Dome, Sapporo

Kick-off: 4:45pm on Saturday (NZ time)

How to watch: Live on Spark Sport (coverage from 4:15pm)

Live stream: Available via sparksport.co.nz or the Spark Sport app

NZ TAB odds:Australia $1.12, Fiji $5.75

Weather forecast at kick-off time: Sapporo Dome is an enclosed venue

THE TEAMS

Australia: Kurtley Beale, Reece Hodge, James O’Connor, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete, Christian Leali’ifano, Nic White, Isi Naisarani, Michael Hooper (c), David Pocock, Rory Arnold, Izack Rodda, Al

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