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Foley opens the door for Cooper against Uruguay

QUICK OFF THE MARK: Israel Folau makes a break for the Wallabies during their opening World Cup clash with Fiji at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
QUICK OFF THE MARK: Israel Folau makes a break for the Wallabies during their opening World Cup clash with Fiji at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Laurence Griffithsgetty Images

WALLABIES coach Michael Cheika could opt for an entirely new starting XV for Sunday night's second World Cup match against Uruguay after his team opened its campaign with a scratchy 28-13 victory over Fiji in Cardiff.

The men in gold missed out on a bonus point after scoring just three tries - two of those supplied by back-rower David Pocock - against the determined Fijians.

While the regular openside flanker was outstanding at No.8, Waratahs playmaker Bernard Foley looked unsure at times at five-eighth after starting alongside halfback Will Genia for the first time for Australia.

Foley's lack of conviction could open the door for departing Reds playmaker Quade Cooper - who should start at No.10 against Uruguay - to press his claims for a starting spot in the crucial games to come against England and Wales.

Despite the Wallabies' scrum, lineout and backline all misfiring at times against Fiji, coach Michael Cheika chose to put a positive spin on the result.

"It was physical, we covered a lot of metres and you could see at a certain stage that it was our first game for a while, so guys were blowing a bit," he said. "(But) it was exactly what we needed. I was really pleased with some of the things in the performance."

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