The Wallabies and Wales rugby teams must put aside their heartbreak from losing their respective semi finals and get themselves up for the third and fourth playoff match. Both teams would have had their hearts set on playing in the World Cup final this week. Wales fought bravely after having their captain Sam Warburton sent off after 20 minutes, but went down by a solitary point to France, losing 9-8. Australia, on the other hand, was completely dominated by arch rivals New Zealand, losing 20-6.
Both countries have named strong teams, although Wales have lost Sam Warburton to suspension and named Gethin Jenkins to captain this weekend. Australia have made four injury-forced changes to their team.
Fri October 21 21:00 Australia v Wales Bronze Final Auckland Eden Park
Wallaby Team to Play Wales:
Kurtley Beale, James O’Connor . Adam Ashley-Cooper, Berrick Barnes, Digby Ioane, Quade Cooper, Will Genia, Ben McCalman, David Pocock, Scott Higginbotham, Nathan Sharpe, James Horwill (captain), Salesi Ma’afu, Tatafu Polota Nau, James Slipper.
Reserves: Saia Fainga’a, Ben Alexander, Rob Simmons, Radike Samo, Luke Burgess, Anthony Fainga’a, Rob Horne.
Wales Team to Play Wallabies:
Leigh Halfpenny, George North, Jonathan Davies, Jamie Roberts, Shane Williams, James Hook, Mike Phillips, Ryan Jones, Toby Faletau, Danny Lydiate, Bradley Davies, Luke Charteris, Paul James, Huw Bennett, Gethin Jenkins (captain).
Reserves: Lloyd Burns, Ryan Bevington, Alun Wyn Jones, Andy Powell, Lloyd Williams, Stephen Jones, Scott Williams.