The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

Wallabies off but it’s no flight of fancy to them

- JAMIE PANDARAM

THE Wallabies have flown out, confident that the next time they are at Sydney Airport they will be holding the William Webb Ellis trophy.

Michael Cheika’s squad is not fancied to win the World Cup but has enough tricks to worry teams that are.

Prop Sekope Kepu’s brother Sione, a Qantas employee, donned a Wallabies scarf and checked in players.

Fijian flyers Tevita Kuridrani and Henry Speight played small guitars, while Tatafu Polota-Nau talked up their singing capabiliti­es.

Will Skelton, the largest member of the Wallabies’ touring party which departed Sydney yesterday for its World Cup campaign in England via Chicago, grew up hoping to represent New Zealand in rugby league.

Israel Folau was a league star the last time a Rugby World Cup was played.

Matt Giteau was an unwanted Wallaby in 2011, but boarded the plane alongside three other players who were overseas-based this year – Drew Mitchell, Dean Mumm and Kane Douglas.

Greg Holmes had not played a Test since 2007 when Cheika called him into the squad this year.

Sean McMahon, 21, and charged with looking after mascot Wally throughout the tour, was still at school during the last World Cup.

Australia will play the US in Chicago next Sunday in their final practice game.

 ??  ?? TOP-FLIGHT RUGBY: Wallabies star Sekope Kepu (right) checks in at Sydney Airport, helped by brother Sione.
TOP-FLIGHT RUGBY: Wallabies star Sekope Kepu (right) checks in at Sydney Airport, helped by brother Sione.

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