AUSTRALIA coach Tim Sheens says he is relishing his side’s Langtree Park showdown with Fiji at Rugby League World Cup 2013 on November 2.
The Kangaroos have been drawn alongside the Fijians, England and Ireland in Group A, and will be chasing a first success at the tournament since 2000, following New Zealand’s triumph over Australia in the 2008 World Cup Final.
And, though many believe that it is the Kiwis and hosts England who will pose the biggest threat to Sheens’ hopes of lifting the famous trophy, the former Wests Tigers boss has refused dismiss the threat of the powerful Fijians.
“We certainly won’t be taking anything for granted against Fiji,” said Sheens. “We realise that their squad will largely be based around which players Australia and New Zealand pick and don’t pick, though we already know that Petero Civoniceva will lead them.
“He’s come out of retirement and is playing at a high level in the Brisbane competition, and he’ll keep himself fit enough to lead his country with distinction.
“There are other big names who could be available for Fiji, again, depending on who is selected for Australia and New Zealand, and they could be an interesting prospect.”
Fiji enjoyed a successful World Cup in 2008, beating France and Ireland to reach the semi-finals, where they were defeated by Australia.
Australia face Fiji at Langtree Park on November 2 and the game will get underway at 8pm.
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