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Australia to play Samoa ahead of Rugby World Cup

March 18, 2019

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia will play a test match against Samoa in western Sydney on Sept. 7 just ahead of the team’s departure for Japan and the Rugby World Cup.

Rugby Australia said Monday the match at Parramatta will be Australia’s fifth and final game of their build-up to the World Cup.

Australia’s first match in Japan is against Fiji on Sept. 21 at Sapporo. The Wallabies are playing in Pool D which also includes Wales, Georgia and Uruguay.

Australia has played 17th-ranked Samoa five times, winning the first four before a 32-23 upset loss in Sydney in their last match in 2011.

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