EXPERIENCE MATTERS FOR FORMER STAR EALES
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