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"You'll see brutal collisions", says Samoa coach about Australia World Cup warm-up

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Published on September 6, 2019 - Duration: 01:26s

"You'll see brutal collisions", says Samoa coach about Australia World Cup warm-up

Australia's Rugby World Cup warm-up against Samoa will see "brutal collisions", says Samoa coach Steve Jackson as Australia captain David Pocock announces his retirement after the World Cup in Japan.

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"You'll see brutal collisions", says Samoa coach about Australia World Cup warm-up

SHOWS: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (SEPTEMBER 6, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

MANU SAMOA WARMING UP ON PITCH AT TRAINING 2.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) MANU SAMOA COACH VAELUAGAOMATAGI STEVE JACKSON: "You'll see brutal collisions, I'm sure.

And again, you know, it's an opportunity for our players to play against a tier one nation and, you know again it's critical for our build up for Rugby World Cup that we go out there and put on a good performance and build some confidence for ourselves moving into that game.

You know, there's some things that we need to work on from last week's games and which we've addressed and hopefully the weather will stay like this and perfect conditions and you'll get to see some good running rugby." SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (SEPTEMBER 6, 2019) (SKY NEWS AUSTRALIA - Broadcasters: NO USE AUSTRALIA / NEW ZEALAND Digital: NO USE AUSTRALIA / NEW ZEALAND NEW ZEALAND.COM.AU INTERNET SITES / ANY INTERNET SITE OF ANY AUSTRALIA BASED MEDIA ORGANISATIONS OR MOBILE PLATFORMS / AUSTRALIAN NVO CLIENTS / SMH.COM.AU / NEWS.COM.AU) 3.

TEAM CAPTAIN, DAVID POCOCK, WALKING ON PITCH 4.

AUSTRALIAN WALLABIES RUGBY TEAM CAPTAIN, DAVID POCOCK, WALKING INTO NEWS CONFERENCE 5.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIAN WALLABIES RUGBY TEAM CAPTAIN, DAVID POCOCK, SAYING: "I don't know, I guess any injury can be career-ending and as players we talk about it often, you never know when your last game is going to be, so to be back here with this opportunity tomorrow night and to look at who I get to play alongside.

You know, Will Genia, we were talking about, we played our first run on start about 10 years ago against South Africa together.

So to both kind of, finish, finish up together here in Sydney is, yeah, it's special and we want to make the most of that." 6.

VARIOUS OF AUSTRALIA TEAM TRAINING ON PITCH STORY: Samoa coach Steve Jackson on Friday (September 6) promised plenty of big hits and running rugby when the Pacific Isanders take on Australia on Saturday (September 7) in a final World Cup warm-up match he believes is vital to his team's confidence before they head off to Japan.

The Samoans beat up the Wallabies in a famous upset in their last meeting with the twice world champions in July 2011 and Jackson said his players would not be holding anything back at Western Sydney Stadium.

Last week's game was a 36-19 victory over a New Zealand Heartland XV in Auckland, only the fourth match for the team this year.

Getting players who mostly play abroad together regularly has long been a problem for Pacific island nations, making matches like Saturday's all the more important.

Samoa have been drawn in a tough World Cup pool with Ireland, Scotland, Japan and Russia but Jackson believes his side has the potential to make the knockout stages for the first time since the glory days of 1995.

And getting their first win over a tier one nation in five years on Saturday night would certainly further encourage the belief in his players that they can get out of the pool in Japan.

Australia forward David Pocock confirmed on Friday that he would play no more test rugby after taking part in his third Rugby World Cup for the Wallabies in Japan.

The 31-year-old flanker, who will captain Australia in their final World Cup warm-up against Samoa in Sydney on Saturday (September 7), had already made it clear in May he would not be seeking a new contract with Rugby Australia.

As befits a player who does his best work in the dark corners of the ruck, Pocock made the announcement by stealth, telling a news conference it was going to be good "finishing up" with scrum-half Will Genia.

A veteran of 77 tests since 2008, Pocock has played almost no rugby this year because of a calf problem and Saturday's match at Western Sydney Stadium will be his first action since March 8.

(Production: Jill Gralow, Stefica Nicol Bikes, Mike Brock)

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