Australia vs Georgia, Rugby World Cup 2019: What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?

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Former Leicester Tiger Matt Toomua will start at fly-half for the Wallabies - REUTERS
Former Leicester Tiger Matt Toomua will start at fly-half for the Wallabies - REUTERS

What is it?

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Australia vs Georgia, both sides' final Rugby World Cup 2019 Pool D clash. Australia have already secured a spot in the quarter-finals, but a big win against Georgia will put pressure on Wales - Warren Gatland's men will have to beat Uruguay on Sunday to top the pool. A win for Georgia will probably secure them third place, and automatic qualification for the 2023 World Cup in France. 

When is it?

Friday October 11.

What time is kick-off?

A 10.15am BST start at the Shizuoka Stadium.

What TV channel is it on?

This one is on ITV4. You can also follow this game right here with Telegraph Sport.

What is the latest squad news?

Australia

Starting XV: Beale, Petaia, O'Connor, Kerevi, Koroibete; Toomua, White; Sio, Latu, Kepu; Rodda, Arnold; Dempsey, Pocock (c), Naisarani.
Replacements: Uelese, Slipper, Tupou, Coleman, Hooper, Genia, Lealiifano, Haylett-Petty.

Georgia

Starting XV: Matiashvili; Kveseladze, Kacharava, Sharikadze (c), Todua; Khmaladze, Aprasidze; Nariashvili, Mamukashvili, Gigashvili; Mikautadze, Nemsadze; Gorgadze, Gorgodze, Saginadze.  Replacements: Bregvadze, Gogichashvili, Melikidze, Giorgadze, Tkhilaishvili, Lobzhanidze, Malaguradze, Mchedlidze.

What is the head-to-head record of both sides?

This is the first ever Test match between these two sides.


What are they saying?

Australia head coach Michael Cheika:

I know different teams have different strategies on how they want to approach it. Some want to go with the same players all the time, maybe rest out (players for easier games). 

We feel like keeping players competing for spots is working for us. I think we're playing some good footy and this is another chance for guys, who didn't play in the last game, to do the same.

On Matt Toomua starting at fly-half:

I don't think Christian's [Lealiifano] done anything particularly deserving of saying 'no you're not going to play'. We're just taking a look and understand that in tournament play you have the opportunity to change the picture a little bit.

This is how we think this squad [works] best, to keep giving opportunity to guys, keeping the contest alive, so if we do the right thing and get through to knockout stages, we know everyone has been doing their bit and we've got multiple options in different positions.

We don't know what's going to happen with anything along the way, with injury, suspension. We feel like we're pretty clear with how we're operating and it's up to players then, on the field, to own that and say 'you've got to pick me because I'm playing so good'.

Matt's got a job to do for this weekend and after this weekend we'll sit down and assess all the options.

Georgia head coach Martin Haig in the wake of his side's heavy defeat to Fiji:

Of course we need to be disappointed, this is not a performance we would have liked to put up for our fans and our family and our friends back in Georgia.

But the reality is it’s not what you’ve done it’s what you do next that’s the important thing.

What are the betting odds?

  • Australia - 1/25

  • Fiji - 33/1

  • Draw - 100/4

What is our prediction?

Following Wales' win over Fiji, Australia secured a spot in the quarter-finals. Nonetheless, the Wallabies will want to build some winning momentum following some mixed outings in the pool stages. Georgia cannot be written off entirely, however, as they will be seeking to make amends for an abject performance against Fiji. Expect it to be close at half time, but then Australia to run away.

Prediction: Australia 30 Georgia 9

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