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Australia holding first World Cup camp

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    09 Jan 2019     Getty Images

Around 30 of the country's top rugby players are involved in the nine-day camp which will end on Tuesday.

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Coach Michael Cheika is leading the camp, without all of his usual support staff, with the concentration being on fitness. Australia's new director of rugby Scott Johnson is not due to arrive until after the Six Nations tournament is completed.

Cheika's assistants for the Cup campaign will be confirmed by Cheika and Johnson later in the season.

Agreement was reached with Australia's four Investec Super Rugby franchises to release the players for the camp and is the start of a more co-operative liaison approach, especially in relation to players' rest breaks.

Australia's World Cup campaign opens against Fiji on September 21 but before then they will open their Investec Rugby Championship series on July 20 against South Africa in Johannesburg.

On July 27 they will play Argentina in Brisbane, the same day as South Africa play the All Blacks in Wellington. On August 10 Australia will be play the All Blacks in Perth.

They will play the All Blacks in the Bledisloe Cup decider in Auckland on August 17 in their last game before the World Cup.