As the Rugby World Cup semi-finals approach, pressure is intensifying on the All Blacks to secure victory on home soil.

They’ll meet the Wallabies at Auckland’s Eden Park on Sunday.

Elodie Boal reports.


The Wallabies and the All Blacks clash in Sunday’s semi-final.

David Nucifora, Wallabies Coaching Coordinator: “The pressure’s mounting, the expectation is there, it’s been a long time and people want to win it.”

All Black’s captain Richard McCaw has been given the green light.

McCaw spent the last two weeks out, due to a foot injury.

Wallabies fullback Kurtley Beale is still troubled by his hamstring and it’s unlikely he will be picked tomorrow for the side.

In Soccer, the Brisbane Roar are fired up as they prepare for Saturday’s clash with Sydney FC.

With Socceroos’ star Brett Emerton eager to make his home debut at the Sydney Football Stadium, the team know they they have to work hard in order to stay on top of the ladder.

Erik Paartalu, Roar midfielder: “Yeah, I mean that’s the challenge, now we set ourselves, we’re out in front and um, you know, last year everyone wanted to knock us off and I don’t see anything different this year.”

The Roar are keen to uphold their Premiership title and continue their 29 game winning streak in the A-league.

Although the line up for the weekend game is yet to be announced, Henrique looks hopeful as a starter, despite injuries in the pre-season.

And new footage has emerged apparently implicating the world governing body FIFA in corruption scandals.

It allegedly shows former vice president Jack Warner urging staff to accept cash gifts of up to $40,000.

Former Presidential candidate Mohammed Bin Hammam offered the cash in return for votes to succeed in presidential elections earlier this year.

Elodie Boal, QUT News.