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Date TimeSeptember 04, 2019
VoiceMichael Cheika has opted to rest key players rather than pick a full-strength side to avert another upset at the hands of Samoa
Safety first in Wallabies selection for final pre-World Cup outing | Bret Harris
The Wallabies have been upset before by Samoa in a World Cup year – a stunning 32-23 loss in Sydney in 2011 before the tournament in New Zealand – and Michael Cheika’s side will rightly be wary of their opponents at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday night.
The game eight years ago provided one of the biggest surprises in the history of Australian rugby and sent shock-waves around the world. But more importantly, the defeat had serious repercussions for the 2011 World Cup squad with six of the side failing to make the final cut, including inside back Matt Giteau and openside flanker Matt Hodgson, who later made it as a replacement.

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