Pocock starts alongside Hooper in Wallabies' World Cup opener

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Farrell will captain the side as scrum-half Ben Youngs wins his 90th cap, with Manu Tuilagi at outside-centre.

"They've stood tall and they've worked hard through it. Quite a number of our players play in France and they compare it to the Racing Metro stadium in Paris, where they play indoors also, but the difference here is we're on grass as well, which we prefer so it augurs for a great game of rugby because none of the elements can interfere".

Following a horror year in 2018, when the Wallabies won just four of 13 Tests, slumping to sixth in the world, doing well in Japan is seen as critical to winning back support for the 15-a-side code in Australia.

"For a game where both teams would want to attack and score some tries - we want to defend well, of course we do - but it's going to be flawless conditions for that".

For further evidence of their game-breaking riches, McKee revealed he shifted former NRL sensation Semi Radradra to the wing to make room at outside centre for Waisea Nayacalevu, describing him as "a similar sort of player".

"We want to enjoy all of those things that come along and the team's equipped to handle it".

Anthony Watson starts on the right wing with Jonny May on the left and Elliot Daly at full-back.

Explaining Cokanasiga's absence, Jones said: "It's because of a combination of factors. Like Hoops said they've got an awesome forward pack there and a lightning backline so I'm just excited by the challenge ahead and, like Hoops said, we've been preparing for this game for a while so it's exciting times ahead".

Olympic rugby players will be contesting the Rugby World Cup for the first time when the quadrennial tournament kicks off Friday in Tokyo, which is also hosting the Olympics next year.

As expected, Vunipola's brother Mako is not fit, so Kyle Sinckler comes in at tighthead prop alongside hooker Jamie George and loosehead Joe Marler. This is Sapporo now.

The Fijians won four successive Pacific Nations Cup titles from 2015-18 and also achieved victories over tier one nations Italy and Scotland in Suva, beat France for the first time a year ago and pushed Ireland in a 23-20 defeat in Dublin in 2017.

"We then watched them against the All Blacks at Ashton Gate and we saw Jonah Lomu up close getting on to the bus". Argentina usually play well in World Cup's and have the potential to upset more fancied nations in Japan, a lot of the Argentinian players cut their teeth in the French national competition so they will have some good reference points for their opposition.

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