While the Wallabies vs France series decider will take centre stage from an Australian perspective on Saturday, the Brisbane Test is just part of a stacked menu for rugby fans.
Stan Sport, the new home of rugby, will also feature mouthwatering internationals between the All Blacks and Fiji and Samoa vs Tonga – with a Rugby World Cup berth on the line.
All international matches are ad-free, live and on demand only on Stan Sport, which will also show the British and Irish Lions tour match against the Stormers this weekend and the Wales versus Argentina rematch.
With the help of Stan Sport’s cast of ex-Wallabies, let’s take a closer look at what’s in store.
All Blacks star gets smashed
ALL BLACKS vs FIJI, second Test, coverage from Saturday 4pm AEST
Fiji’s ability to score spectacular tries and offload the ball like a hot potato has never been in doubt.
But former Wallabies lock Justin Harrison says he’s noticed a broader range of Test rugby skills from a country now boasting a plethora of players in Europe’s top competitions.
Fiji have experienced Kiwi coaches Vern Cotter, Jason Ryan and Daryl Gibson to help guide them and former Wallabies forwards mentor Simon Raiwalui doing good things as the country’s general manager of high performance.
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“For so long an Achilles heel of Fijian sides has been organisation in set-piece and what to do off that to consolidate the skill level,” Harrison said on the latest edition of Stan Sport’s Rugby Heaven.
“Simon Raiwalui there, clearly working hard on a national footprint of how you want to play and how use your skill-set and design your squad around that.”
Another former Wallaby, Morgan Turinui, paid tribute to Fiji’s resilience in the 57-23 first Test loss shortly after completing their hotel quarantine in New Zealand.
“Everything about it was brilliant, the stories behind getting them there, the things that they overcame,” Turinui said.
“Moses Sorovi has just arrived in camp, Frank Lomani has just got to New Zealand, hopefully they’ll be able to bolster the squad a bit.
“Great to see they get another opportunity against New Zealand.”
SAMOA vs TONGA, second Test, coverage from Saturday 1.30pm AEST
Manu Samoa can book their ticket to the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France with another strong performance against Tonga in Hamilton on Saturday.
Samoa won the first leg of a two-Test qualification playoff 42-13 in Auckland last weekend, with a spot in RWC’s Pool D on the line.
“A great festival atmosphere at the ground, the soundtrack behind the game, the songs being played,” Turinui said of the first Test at Mt Smart Stadium.
“The families, extended families and pseudo-cousins, neighbours that live down the road from some of these players.
“All came together, Samoa vs Tonga and the rugby stood up as well, it was great to see.”
Unless Tonga can overcome the 29 point differential with a massive win in the rematch they will have to go through repechage with a likely clash with the Cook Islands.
Force centre Henry Taefu was a key man for Samoa in the first Test, contributing 20 points including a try.
“A hugely important win and a great display of skill here from teams that haven’t been together very long at all,” Harrison said.
“A great indication of the talent coming through.”
BRITISH AND IRISH LIONS vs STORMERS, coverage from Sunday 1.55am AEST
The Lions are looking to get back in the winner’s circle when they take on the Stormers in Cape Town this weekend.
The tourists suffered their first defeat of the tour in a midweek match against a powerful South Africa A side that featured most of the Springboks stars that are expected to play in the Test series.
Lions coach Warren Gatland insisted the 17-13 loss would be good for his squad amid the already significant challenges of holding a major rugby tour during a pandemic.
“What a testament to the resilience of these groups of players working their way through South Africa now and we’ve got to say we feel for the South African residents,” Harrison said.
“There’s a bit of unrest over there at the moment as well, enormously difficult conditions.
“But to be able to present onto the field and represent the British and Irish Lions and so too the South African players who are very disrupted, managing to field teams and get a competition run through.
“We know it’s such a galvanising part of the British and Irish isles.”
WALES vs ARGENTINA, second Test, coverage from Saturday 11.55pm AEST
Both Wales and Argentina were left frustrated after a 20-20 draw in the first Test last weekend.
Wales did well to fight back from 20-6 down in Cardiff but then missed an opportunity to seal an unlikely win when Jarrod Evans missed a long range penalty in the closing seconds.
Argentina – who have Michael Cheika back among their coaching staff – played most of the Test with 14 men after fullback Juan Cruz Mallia was sent off for a dangerous high challenge on Wales halfback Kieran Hardy in the 30th minute.
Mallia will miss the second Test against Wales this weekend, and the two Rugby Championship Tests against South Africa in August.
However, his suspension will end early if he completes World Rugby’s new coaching intervention on tackle techniques to avoid head contact.
Complete the program successfully, and Mallia’s suspension will last two Tests, and he will be free to play the second Test against the Springboks on August 21.
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WALLABIES vs FRANCE, third Test, coverage from Saturday 7.15pm AEST
An enthralling Test series will reach its climax on Saturday night as Australia and Les Bleus continue their scrap for the Trophee des Bicentenaires.
The Wallabies are the holders of the silverware but are getting an almighty examination of their abilities from a well drilled and passionate France.
Incredibly, the aggregate scoreline is 49-49 after Australia won the first Test 23-21 in Brisbane before France rebounded for a 28-26 victory in Melbourne.
Both games hung in the balance after the final siren with the tourists learning their lessons from the first Test to close out the Wallabies at AAMI Park.
The fitness and depth of both squads will be sorely tested at Suncorp Stadium with just a four day turnaround in between games.