Australia vs Fiji: Kick-off time, venue, TV channel and team news

The Rugby League World Cup kicks off today and fittingly today in the tournament’s second game holders Australia are in action.

The tournament’s most successful side who have won the last two World Cups are looking to make it three on the spin and start their journey against a side they often meet in the semi-finals in the shape of Fiji.

Here’s everything you need to know about the game:

Kick-off time and venue

The game kicks off at 19:30 at Headingley.

TV Channel

TV coverage starts at 19:00 on BBC Two.

Team News

Mal Meninga has elected to rest all of his Grand Final stars including Penrith’s star man Nathan Cleary. This means Daly Cherry-Evans will partner Cameron Munster in the halves with Ben Hunt at hooker. Skipper James Tedesco starts at fullback with Cameron Murray at 13 with no Isiah Yeo.

James TEDESCO
Daly CHERRY-EVANS
Ben HUNT
Valentine HOLMES
Jake TRBOJEVIC
Cameron MUNSTER
Latrell MITCHELL
Josh ADDO-CARR
Jack WIGHTON
Cameron MURRAY
Matt BURTON
Pat CARRIGAN
Reuben COTTER
Angus CRICHTON
Tino FA’ASUAMALEAUI
Campbell GRAHAM
Harry GRANT
Jeremiah NANAI
Murray TAULAGI

Fiji have a number of Super League stars in the side including Kevin Naiqama who is Huddersfield bound, Mitieli Vulikijapani of Hull FC and King Vuniyayawa of Salford Red Devils. The Fijians are struggling with injuries going into the game which will make things tough on them.

Sunia TURVUA
Maika SIVO
Kevin NAIQAMA
Mitieli VUlIKIJAPANI
Sitiveni MOCEIDREKE
Brandon WAKEHAM
Apisai KOROISAU
Ben NAKUBUWAI
Taniela SADRUGU
Viliame KIKAU
Tui KAMIKAMICA
Penioni TAGITUIMUA
Lasarusa MANUEL-LIOLEVAVE
King VUNIYAYAWA
Netane MASIMA
Semi VALEMEI
Isaac LUMELUME
Josh WONG
Jowasa DRODROLAGI

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