Wallabies wary of unknown Georgia

Wed, 10 May 2017 12:18

REACTION: Australia head coach Michael Cheika revealed that he has to start tracking Georgia’s performance ahead of the 2019 World Cup showpiece in Japan.

The Wallabies have been drawn in Pool D alongside Wales and Georgia at the 2019 World Cup draw in Kyoto, Japan on Wednesday.

Australia will also face two qualifiers with Oceania 1 and Americas 2 also drawn in Pool D.

Wales is a familiar foe for Australia having played 12 times in the last nine years, including at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, while the Wallabies are yet to face Georgia at Test level.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said: "No matter how the balls got pulled out, it was always going to be about getting right, turning up and playing the best you can on the day,"

"Australians probably won’t know a lot about Georgia but they are a team being run by a few Kiwi [New Zealand] lads over there and they're on the up and up. They have some strong forward play and some gas out wide so between now and 2019 we’re going to have to learn a bit about them,"

The coach emphasised the importance of the event and have called for a huge improvement from their 2015 performance.

"It just shows how big of an event a World Cup is, and how important it is for us to go one better than we did in 2015.

"You can plan the lay of the land, know the teams you’re playing, know who the potential cross-over teams are, you can do the homework but at the end of the day, it’s all about how we play. You have to win seven games to get there,"

"If you look at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, we came up short in one-half of one game at the end, and that cost us from winning seven in a row. So we need to change and get better so we can win those seven games in a row when the time comes,"

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Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
Australia 4 4 0 0 17
Wales 4 3 0 1 13
England 4 2 0 2 11
Fiji 4 1 0 3 5
Uruguay 4 0 0 4 0
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Team P W D L Pts
South Africa 4 3 0 1 16
Scotland 4 3 0 1 14
Japan 4 3 0 1 12
Samoa 4 1 0 3 6
United States 4 0 0 4 0
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Team P W D L Pts
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Argentina 4 3 0 1 15
Georgia 4 2 0 2 8
Tonga 4 1 0 3 6
Namibia 4 0 0 4 1
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Team P W D L Pts
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France 4 3 0 1 14
Italy 4 2 0 2 10
Romania 4 1 0 3 4
Canada 4 0 0 4 2