Wallabies, Samoa to face off in final warm-up before Rugby World Cup
March 18, 2019 4:00 pm
The Wallabies will play host Samoa in western Sydney in September to round off their Rugby World Cup match preparations.
The match on September 7th will be the first rugby Test at the new Bankwest Stadium in Parramatta and Australia’s fifth and final match of their build-up to the World Cup.
Australia have played 17th-ranked Samoa five times, winning the first four before being upset 32-23 in Sydney in their last clash in 2011.
Prior to the Samoa Test, Australia will play one round of Rugby Championship matches against New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina, plus a second Bledisloe Cup Test against the All Blacks.
Wallabies superstar Israel Folau, who is of Tongan descent, welcomed the chance for Australia to play a rare Test against one of the Pacific Island nations.
With Fiji being Australia’s first World Cup pool opponent, Wallabies coach Michael Cheika welcomed the chance to play another Pacific Island nation.