Lebanon will go head to head with France on Sunday for the Rugby World Cup 2017 in Australia’s Canberra.
The Cedars last qualified for the World Cup in 2000, but failed to qualify for any of the ones afterwards.
Robbie Farah will be captaining the team formed mostly of Lebanese-Australian nationals.
The Lebanese Rugby League posted images on social media of the team’s trip in Australia, posing next to Cedar trees – a symbol of Lebanon.
Lebanese fans across the globe have been supporting the team’s journey through social media, posting images and tweets of their favorite players and voicing their backing.
The rules of Rugby World Cup have been amended, allowing players who have previously represented Australia, to shift to a tier two-ranked nation like Lebanon.
According to the latest census data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 71% of the nearly 79,000 Lebanese-Australians live in Sydney.
Currently the team are ranked 21st in the world, having dropped out of the top ten after failing to qualify for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.
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