EX­PE­RI­ENCE MAT­TERS FOR FOR­MER STAR EALES

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - NEWS - By Deb­bie Schipp

HE’S fronting his own show – Life Af­ter Sport – chron­i­cling the lives of re­tired elite ath­letes when the cheer­ing stops. But for­mer Wal­la­bies cap­tain John Eales can’t wait to add his voice to Fox Sports’ com­men­tary team in Eng­land for the Rugby World Cup.

When it comes to ex­pe­ri­ence, there are few more qual­i­fied than Eales (be­low), who played in both Aus­tralia’s World Cup-win­ning teams in 1991 and 1999.

Eales will fea­ture in pre and post-match anal­y­sis for the du­ra­tion of the tour­na­ment, which will also see the pop­u­lar Rugby HQ pro­duced from Lon­don.

From 6.30pm to­mor­row, Fox Sports 2 is the home of this year’s Rugby World Cup. It will fea­ture each of the 48 games live.

Eales re­mem­bers the feel­ing of ex­hil­a­ra­tion and “ut­ter re­lief” that came with a World Cup win and says it’s not out of the ques­tion for the Wal­la­bies this cam­paign. “It’s def­i­nitely do-able,” he says. “Our best per­for­mance can win us the World Cup, but it will be in the min­utes we have off that we po­ten­tially miss out.

“Aus­tralia is in a par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult pool – we play Fiji and Uruguay, then Eng­land and Wales. And we have to go in with the men­tal­ity you have to play each game like a fi­nal.”

Eales says three play­ers – Is­rael Fo­lau, Michael Hooper and David Po­cock – “are the three we can gen­uinely say are as good as any­one else in the world”.

“If they are all out there, we can build a game around that,” he says.

RUGBY WORLD CUP

OPEN­ING CER­E­MONY, SATUR­DAY, FOX SPORTS 2, 4AM; OPEN­ING GAME: ENG­LAND v FIJI, SATUR­DAY, FOX SPORTS 2, 4.45AM

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