The Kangaroos are back on home soil and coach Mal Meninga has a big decision to make.
Madeline Paulsen reports.
The squad has returned from Suva as winners after blitzing both warm-up matches against Papua New Guinea and Fiji.
But their coach is still finalising the line-up for the tournament opener.
Mal Meninga, Kangaroos Coach: “We got some big decisions to do, obviously we need to get off to a really good start in the Rugby League World Cup.”
The Kangaroos will regroup in Melbourne on Sunday before the opening clash against England.
Over in Wallabies territory, Bernard Foley says the team’s chances of winning against New Zealand are looking better than before.
Bernard Foley, Wallabies Fly Half: “There has been that development and that progress amongst the squad which has been pleasing but you know I think this weekend has to go up another level.”
With the All Blacks already securingd the Bledisloe Cup, Foley has a greater belief the players will deliver come Saturday.
The Wallabies will have their Indigenous pride on display with a specially designed jersey.
The pitch was damp, but spirits weren’t as the Australian Women’s Cricket team had a tour match rained out.
Despite being forced to train indoors, their coach is confident about the team’s Ashes prospects.
Matthew Mott, Australian Coach: “I think everyone’s ready to go, I think they’ve had a great preparation back in their home states in the first round of WNCL so I think everyone’s in good form.”
They go up against England in a one-dayer in Brisbane tomorrow.
Madeline Paulsen, QUT News.