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Tak­ing their pool matches one game at a time looms as Aus­tralia’s big­gest chal­lenge go­ing into the Rugby World Cup, Wal­laby great John Eales warns.

He says the Wal­la­bies will have to put thoughts of the third pool match — against RWC hosts Eng­land — out of their minds un­til the first two are com­pleted.

The Wal­la­bies, and their fans, still smart over their RWC fi­nal loss in 2003, when a drop goal from Eng­land’s Jonny Wilkin­son in ex­tra time cost Aus­tralia a third RWC crown.

“In tour­na­ments like this, you have to look at your prepa­ra­tion dif­fer­ently,” says Eales, who cap­tained Aus­tralia to its last World Cup win in 1999.

“You can’t look be­yond the game you are play­ing. You have to win each of the pool matches.

“Aus­tralia is in a par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult pool — we play Fiji and Uruguay, then Eng­land and Wales.”

Eales is in Eng­land as part of Fox Sports’ com­men­tary team.

On Mon­day, the net­work launched its 24-hour ded­i­cated RWC cov­er­age on Fox Sports 502, which will broad­cast all 48 World Cup matches live.

2015 RUGBY WORLD CUP, OPEN­ING CER­E­MONY, FOX SPORTS 502, SATUR­DAY, 4AM; OPEN­ING GAME ENG­LAND V FIJI, 4.45AM

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