Kangaroos ScoreCentre: Australia vs Fiji, live scores, stats and result from the Rugby League World Cup
Mal Meninga’s Kangaroos get their Rugby League World Cup campaign underway against the dangerous Fiji at Headingley in Leeds.
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New Zealand confirmed their team for their World Cup opener against Lebanon but have now been forced into a late change, while another star is under an injury cloud.
Meanwhile, the Kangaroos suffered their first injury scare and Fiji have been rocked by several injuries and have lost their coach for the opening clash through illness.
Australia vs Fiji LIVE: The Kangaroos begin their Rugby League World Cup campaign as reigning champions take on Fiji in Leeds
Victor Radley was deemed surplus to requirements from an Australian point of view, but the Roosters gun demonstrated that he belongs on the international stage with a Player of the Match performance against Samoa.
As far as debuts go, it could not have gone more perfectly for the 24-year-old, although he admitted he was slightly ’embarrassed’ to win the prize.
Technical issues at St James’ Park saw the opening ceremony fall flat before England’s huge win over Samoa.
Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson was meant to bring the house down with a rendition of ‘Ruby’, but with the PA system not working, he was forced to abandon his performance.