History will be made at Old Trafford on Sunday morning (AEDT) when defending champions Australia take on first-time finalists Samoa at the Theatre of Dreams.
The Kangaroos booked a spot in their 10th World Cup final with a hard-fought 16-14 win over New Zealand in the first semi before Samoa stunned hosts England 27-26 in a golden point thriller to advance to the decider.
Having lost 60-6 to England in the opening game of the tournament it was a remarkable turnaround by Matt Parish's team, who fear no-one as they stand on the verge of an incredible triumph.
Australia are chasing a third consecutive World Cup title after winning in 2013 and 2017 and they are battle hardened after being pushed to the limit by the Kiwis in a physical clash at Elland Road.
Samoa will enter the final as sentimental favourites and are sure to have the crowd on their side at Old Trafford but the Kangaroos boast a remarkable World Cup record having been crowned champions 11 times.
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Australia: A clean bill of health for the Kangaroos. Coach Mal Meninga looks to have settled on Nathan Cleary at halfback and Ben Hunt and Harry Grant as his hookers, so veteran playmaker Daly Cherry-Evans looks to be one of the unlucky players to miss out on the 17. Reagan Campbell-Gillard return from a cork in the semi-final and came through unscathed and will be right to play.
Samoa: Fa'amanu Brown will miss the final after suffering a concussion against England when he clashed heads with teammate Oregon Kaufusi. Chanel Harris-Tavita will start at hooker in his place. Prop Junior Paulo is free to play after receiving a caution for a lifting tackle on England's Tom Burgess.
Match: Australia v Samoa
Fullback for Australia is number 1 James TedescoFullback for Samoa is number 1 Joseph Suaali'i
Winger for Australia is number 4 Valentine HolmesWinger for Samoa is number 2 Taylan May
Centre for Australia is number 8 Latrell MitchellCentre for Samoa is number 4 Stephen Crichton
Centre for Australia is number 10 Jack WightonCentre for Samoa is number 25 Tim Lafai
Winger for Australia is number 9 Josh Addo-CarrWinger for Samoa is number 5 Brian To'o
Five-Eighth for Australia is number 7 Cameron MunsterFive-Eighth for Samoa is number 6 Jarome Luai
Halfback for Australia is number 14 Nathan ClearyHalfback for Samoa is number 7 Anthony Milford
Prop for Australia is number 5 Jake TrbojevicProp for Samoa is number 10 Junior Paulo
Hooker for Australia is number 3 Ben HuntHooker for Samoa is number 20 Chanel Harris-Tavita
Prop for Australia is number 6 Reagan Campbell-GillardProp for Samoa is number 15 Royce Hunt
2nd Row for Australia is number 17 Angus Crichton2nd Row for Samoa is number 11 Ligi Sao
2nd Row for Australia is number 21 Liam Martin2nd Row for Samoa is number 12 Jaydn Su'a
Lock for Australia is number 24 Isaah YeoLock for Samoa is number 23 Oregon Kaufusi
Interchange for Australia is number 11 Cameron MurrayInterchange for Samoa is number 8 Josh Papali'i
Interchange for Australia is number 13 Patrick CarriganInterchange for Samoa is number 16 Spencer Leniu
Interchange for Australia is number 18 Tino Fa'asuamaleauiInterchange for Samoa is number 17 Martin Taupau
Interchange for Australia is number 20 Harry GrantInterchange for Samoa is number 22 Kelma Tuilagi
Replacement for Australia is number 2 Daly Cherry-EvansReplacement for Samoa is number 26 Ken Sio
- Referee: Ashley Klein
Cameron Munster v Jarome Luai
Two of the most gifted talents on show at the World Cup meet in a mouth-watering showdown of skills and wills at Old Trafford. Luai has been dynamic for Samoa, laying on a miraculous try for fellow Panther Stephen Crichton against England with some outrageous footwork and a brilliant tap-on. He leads the tournament in try assists with eight and his combination with Anthony Milford has been pivotal to Samoa's success. Munster has eight try assists to his name and the renowned big-game player is set to come into his own at Old Trafford. The Storm superstar is quick on his feet and even quicker between the ears and he'll make Samoa pay if their middles clock off and give him even the smallest opportunity to run.
One of the craziest offloads you'll see sends Crichton over
Reagan Campbell-Gillard v Junior Paulo
The battle for supremacy in the opening 15 minutes will be worth the price of admission as Paulo, Royce Hunt and Jaydn Su'A look to repel the challenge of RCG, Jake Trbojevic and Liam Martin. Having taken down Tonga and England in their past two matches Samoa's big men are primed for the challenge and will be pushing off the back fence from minute one. After missing the quarter-final with a cork, Eels enforcer Campbell-Gillard was back in the thick of things against New Zealand and got some miles in his legs ahead of his second 'grand final' in seven weeks.
Josh Addo-Carr's freakish semi-final try took his tally for the tournament to 12, equalling the record set by Kangaroos team-mate Valentine Holmes during Australia's 2017 World Cup campaign. Holmes has taken his overall tally of World Cup tries to 14 and sits just two behind Billy Slater's all-time World Cup record of 16 tries.
Always keep your eyes on the Foxx!
Brian To'o has carried his metre-eating heroics from Penrith to the UK and is churning out 250m per game for the men in blue. Only Kiwi Joey Manu (1301) has tallied more metres than To'o (1248) while Samoa fullback Joseph Suaali'i sits third with 1108m and Kangaroos skipper James Tedesco fourth with 935.