Although their opening game in Pool C will not be the most difficult test of the tournament, the Wallabies travel to France in a miserable run of form, having lost all five warm-up games.
In fact, the run of just one win in nine included a defeat against Italy and just a narrow win in Wales last November, leading many to see former England coach Jones’ return to the Australian top spot as a team’s last ditch effort viewed full of ideas.
However, the two-time champions have a favorable draw with a sidelined Welsh side and Fiji as partners in Pool C, along with minnows Georgia and Portugal.
The Eastern Europeans have never beaten a top team at a World Cup.
Date, kick-off time and venue
The Australia vs Georgia match will take place on Saturday 9 September 2023, kick-off is at 5pm BST.
The venue for the game is the Stade de France in Paris.
Where to watch Australia vs Georgia?
TV channel: In the UK, the game will be broadcast live on free-to-air channel ITV1, with coverage starting at 4:45 p.m.
Live broadcast: Fans can also watch a free live stream online via the ITVX website and app.
Team news Australia vs Georgia
Jones made the surprise decision to omit former captain Michael Hooper and substitute Quade Cooper from his young Australian squad. Instead, the outstanding La Rochelle lock Will Skelton takes the armband.
Prop James Slipper was described as “touch and go” for the opener due to a foot injury. Pone Fa’amausili, Jordan Uelese and Samu Kerevi are also questionable, while the Waratahs’ Ben Donaldson could make a surprise start at full-back.
Lyon full-back Davit Niniashvili will be key to Georgia’s attacking game. The vast majority of their players are based in either France or Georgia.
Lineups Australia vs. Georgia
Australia XV: TBC
Georgia XV: TBC
Australia vs Georgia prediction
It has been a poor preparation for the World Cup for the Wallabies and a defeat in this game would only be the latest point in their decline, but they should still have the talent to avoid a major upset.
Australia wins by over 10 points.
Head-to-head history (h2h) and results
This will be the second meeting between the two teams after Australia emerged victorious 27-8 in the group stage of the 2019 World Cup.
Current odds for Australia vs. Georgia
Australia wins: 1/33
Georgia wins: 14/1
Odds via Betfair (subject to change).
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