Australia fought back to beat England 28-20 in the opening match of the Rugby League World Cup at the Millennium Stadium.
Underdogs England led 10-0 through tries from Leroy Cudjoe and Ryan Hall, but the visitors dominated the second half of the group match.
First Minister Carwyn Jones has taken to twitter saying he's hoping to see Wales take victory against Italy as they embark on their Rugby League World Cup 2013 campaign.
Wales Coach Iestyn Harris says he hopes hosting the Rugby League World Cup will help raise the profile of the sport in the country.
Wales will take on Italy today as the competition gets underway in Cardiff.
While a win will go a long way to helping their campaign, organisers are hoping it has a greater effect off the field.
The Rugby League World Cup gets underway in the Millennium Stadium today with the opening ceremony and then two games.
The opening games will see Wales take on Italy and Australia play England.
Wales Coach Iestyn Harris says he hopes hosting the competition will help raise the profile of the sport in the country.
Wales have announced their squad for the first match of their Rugby League World Cup 2013 campaign.
Among the 19-men selected for the squad are three potential debutants - Warrington's Rhys Evans, Larne Patrick of Huddersfield Giants and Anthony Walker of St Helens.
Wales will face Italy on Saturday at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, with kick-off at 4:30pm.