Aussies head north with emotional farewell
September 20, 1999
Two Australians who were jailed in Yugoslavia during the Kosovo conflict were on hand to wish the Wallabies well as they set off for Ireland and RWC99
Aid workers Steve Pratt and Peter Wallace wanted to thank the Australian squad for their support during their internment.
Dave Wilson (pictured), who captained the Australians earlier in the year when they wore yellow armbands as a sign of support for the jailed pair said "It was an ordeal for them and it tells us just how lucky we are. It was inspiring in the fact they stayed so positive when they weren't sure of the outcome."
Wilson also claimed the side was in much better shape than before the 1995 competition when they lost at the quarter-final stage. "Before the last World Cup, we only played two Tests against Argentina and then we had to face South Africa in the first game of the tournament.
"The Tests this year have been very tough and we're really not carrying any injuries over there. Steve Larkham is still on the way back with his broken thumb but we're free of problems outside him, but we know we're going to have to improve as the tournament goes on."
The Australian will resume their preparations with a run out in Dublin on Thursday.