Dan Biggar will lead the Wales cheers for Australia against England tonight as a nation unites behind Michal Cheika’s World Cup Wallabies.
Host nation England face a win or bust Twickenham showdown against Australia this evening, with Wales’ own World Cup fate hinging upon the outcome.
If the Wallabies follow in Wales’ footsteps by also beating Stuart Lancaster’s Red Rose, then Biggar and his Welsh team-mates will be officially through to the quarter-finals.
It would leave England out of their own tournament after only 15 days of action, the first host nation in Rugby World Cup history to be eliminated in the pool stages.
However, if England win it will take things right down to the wire and mean Wales will need to avoid defeat to bogey side Australia in their final match to avoid going out themselves.
Welsh fans up and down the land will be tuning into their TV sets this evening to roar on the men in gold… and Biggar admits he’ll be amongst the biggest cheerleaders.
“Looking at the pool table at the minute, it reads pretty well for us,” he said. “Hopefully we can get a good result this weekend, with the Aussies winning, and make things a little bit easier for us. I will have my Aussie shirt on, I can promise you that!
“It will be a great spectacle. I am sure England will come back strong, but I don’t think there’s any denying we will be supporting Australia on Saturday night. I am looking forward to watching the game.”
An England triumph tonight would almost guarantee a passage into the quarter-finals for the hosts, with their final match being a five-point banker versus minnows Uruguay.
But the Wallabies will be fired up for the big occasion and doubtless be riled by Danny Cipriani’s extraordinary claim that not a single Australian would be good enough for England’s XV.
“Not one Australian would get into that England team right at the moment,” said Cipriani, who was part of Lancaster’s training squad for the tournament before being jettisoned at the final round of cuts.
However, Wallaby wing Adam Ashley-Cooper hit back: “It’s just nice that Danny is talking about someone other than himself.
“He’s a good bloke and I enjoy his selfies a lot. He can say what he likes, he most certainly wouldn’t be a part of our team.”