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Australian Football: A look at the week ahead

There is a jam-packed week of sporting action to look forward to in the week ahead as the A-League continues, while the Rugby League World Cup gets underway and the Australian cricket team continue their preparations for the T20 World Cup.

The NRL and AFL seasons may be done and dusted, but fear not, there is no shortage of action to keep Aussie sports fans glued to their TV screens in the coming weeks.

The A-League is back underway and there are some exciting games to look forward to in week two of the competition.

The Rugby League World Cup also begins in England and the Kangaroos are in action when they take on Fiji in their opening group game.

Talking of World Cups, Australia’s defence of the T20 World Cup will begin soon and they will continue their build up with some tough-looking games in the week ahead.

Plenty to get excited about then, so let’s take a closer look at the action.

A-League - Week two throws up some exciting fixtures

Week two of the A-League gets underway on Friday night when Brisbane Roar entertain Melbourne City at Suncorp Stadium.

Roar began the campaign with a solid goalless draw against Macarthur while Melbourne City kicked off with a 2-1 win over Western United and will be looking to make it two wins out of two.

There are two games to look forward to on Saturday. Following the postponement of the game with Central Coast Mariners, Newcastle Jets will play the first game of their season at home to Perth Glory.

Later in the day Melbourne Victory and Western Sydney Wanderers, who both won their opening games, will clash at AAMI Park.

Moving on to Sunday and there there are three games to wrap up the weekend. Wellington Phoenix get the day started when they entertain Central Coast, before Macarthur then take on Adelaide United.

To wrap up week two, Western United entertain Sydney FC. They both lost their opening game of the season against Melbourne City and Melbourne Victory respectively.

Although it is very early days of course, neither will want to start the season with two defeats so there is plenty on the line in this one.

Cricket - T20 World Cup preparations ramp up for Aussies

Australia have a busy week of action to look forward to with three T20 internationals set to be played on home soil.

Following the opening T20 clash against the old enemy England in Perth, both sides now head to Canberra for another two matches.

The first of which will take place at the Manuka Oval on Wednesday. We stay at the same venue for the third game of the series which will be played on Friday.

They then take a short break before playing India in their final warm-up game before the tournament gets underway.

The Aussies will learn a lot from these games and should know exactly where they are at heading in to the World Cup.

Rugby League - Kangaroos begin World Cup defence

Rugby League fans have been waiting a long time for some World Cup action after the tournament was postponed in 2021.

Australia are of course the holders after winning the World Cup back in 2017 and they are the hot fancies to go all the way and win again.

Mal Meninga has named an extremely strong squad and they will take some stopping.

They begin their defence on the opening day of the tournament when they face Fiji at the KCOM Stadium in Hull.

The Kangaroos should get off to a winning start but there can be no room for complacency throughout the tournament.

The host nation England open the World Cup earlier in the day when they take on Samoa at Old Trafford in Manchester.

Australia will also play Scotland and Italy in the group stage and it should be smooth sailing into the knock-out stages of the competition.

England, New Zealand and Tonga loom as the main dangers to their chances of retaining the World Cup.

Fingers crossed it will be an exciting tournament with plenty of close games and maybe one or two upsets along the way.

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