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Canada and New Zealand to join Australia and United States in Pre-World Cup Exhibition Games Down Under

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Kelly Olynyk celebrates in Canada's win over Brazil in Laval, QC. [FIBA]

The FIBA World Cup Exhibition games schedule Is starting to take shape and Australia is in for a feast of International Basketball to go along with the two Team USA v Australian Boomers games that have already been announced.

Today it was announced that the Boomers will take on Canada in Perth in two games on 16 August and 17 August.

Canada and Australia will both face each other in their first group game of the World Cup, adding some extra interest to these exhibition games.

Canada is expected to field their strongest ever national team for the World Cup which could feature NBA players such as Tristan Thompson, Kelly Olynyk, Andrew Wiggins, Jamal Murray, Cory Joseph, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Trey Lyles and Nik Stauskas along with potential NBA lottery pick R.J Barrett.

"Facing Australia at home will be a difficult test for our team but an important one as we continue our preparations for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019," said Canada Basketball General Manager Rowan Barrett.

"Ranked eleventh in the world and coming off a first-place finish in Group F in the Asian Qualifiers, the Boomers will be a good challenge, especially given the raucous pro-Australian crowds that await us in Perth."

It is also understood that the New Zealand Tall Blacks are also planning on playing some games in Australia in the lead-up to the World Cup. No games have been confirmed but it's likely that they could play Australia and Canada before flying off to Japan and China to continue their World Cup preparations.

Pre-FIBA World Cup Exhibition Games in Australia:

Australia v Canada - 16 August - Perth

Australia v Canada - 17 August - Perth

Australia v United States - 22 August - Melbourne

Australia v United States - 24 August - Melbourne

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