Pool B of the 2007 Rugby World Cup began on 8 September and was completed on 29 September. The pool was composed of 2003 hosts Australia, as well as Canada, Fiji, Japan and Wales.
The biggest surprise in Pool B was Wales' failure to qualify for the quarter-finals, having been beaten 38–34 in their final pool game against Fiji (some erroneously claimed that this was their first ever loss to a Pacific nation, but they lost 16–13 to Western Samoa in 1992), who claimed second place. Elsewhere, Australia kept up appearances by finishing in top spot with the maximum of 20 points, while Japan and Canada played out the first draw in a Rugby World Cup game since a 20–20 draw between France and Scotland back in 1987. Japan performed much stronger than expected, and came in 4th after a close see-sawing game against Fiji earned them a bonus point.
Australia's starting 15 in this match was the most-experienced starting team in the sport's history, as measured by total number of international caps entering the match. The Wallabies squad that took the field for the opening kickoff had earned a combined total of 798 caps.