Excitement builds ahead of World Cup semis

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Excitement builds ahead of World Cup semis

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Australia continue their preparations ahead of facing old rivals New Zealand in the semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup on Sunday.

The Wallabies have beaten their Sunday opponents twice at this stage of the competition before, but more recently in a tri-nations decider two weeks prior to the tournament.

The excitement ahead of this next instalment of this southern hemisphere rivalry is reaching fever pitch.

Back Adam Ashley Cooper said: ‘‘It is the biggest game of everyone’s career this weekend. Everyone’s excited by that, I think it’s important to contain that excitement and just build.”

New Zealand last won the World Cup at the inaugural event in 1987 and reached the final once afterwards in 1995.

Scrum half Andy Ellis said the intensity of this semi would be unlike anything they had experienced before.

‘‘You know, it’s probably the biggest game some of our boys have ever played in and the same for them as well. So the intensity will probably be something we haven’t encountered before which is great. But I suppose we’ll just have to find that out there.’‘

Both Southern Hemisphere nations are likely to come to a standstill on Sunday when the pair lock horns at Eden Park in Auckland.

The winner of this highly anticipated match will play either Wales or France in the final.