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After the fireworks of the opening ceremony and jubilation of a home victory for Japan, the Rugby World Cup continues on what could prove ‘Super Saturday’, kicking off with Australia vs Fiji in Sapporo.
The Pool D encounter sees an Australian side who look to be on the up, with a win over the All Blacks on their record in the recent Rugby Championship and a number of key players back from Europe for the two-time World Cup winners.
The Wallabies also have David Pocock back from injury, with the back-row reunited with Michael Hooper to form the famous ‘Pooper’ combination that was so successful in 2015.
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Fiji though have been touted as one of the teams to watch at the World Cup and may well have an upset in them, with the Pacific Islanders targeting victories over the Aussies and Wales to try and reach the last eight.
John McKee’s side have three Olympic gold medalists in the starting XV in the shape of Leone Nakarawa, Viliame Mata and Josua Tuisova who starred in the Sevens at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and they have crossed over to become big names of the 15-man game. Georgia and Uruguay make up the pool, with Wales up next for Australia and Uruguay on the horizon for Fiji.
Here’s everything you need to know about the match.
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The match will be shown live on ITV from 5:15am BST.
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