Wales to begin 2023 Rugby World Cup campaign against Fiji in Bordeaux

Wales to begin 2023 Rugby World Cup campaign against Fiji in Bordeaux

Wales will start their 2023 Rugby World Cup campaign against Pool C rivals Fiji in Bordeaux on Sunday, September 10.

Wayne Pivac’s side will be eager to better their performance in Japan in 2019, where they were agonisingly knocked out in the semi-finals at the hands of eventual winners South Africa.

They take on Fiji in the pool stages for the fifth consecutive World Cup, and will also lock horns with Australia, a side they’ve similarly come up against in the pool stages in four of the last five tournaments.

They take on the Wallabies in Lyon on Sunday September 24, eight days after playing a qualifier winner winner in Nice.

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They then end the pool stages in Nantes against a Europe 1 side, which is most likely to be Georgia.

France and New Zealand will kick off the tournament when they face each other at the Stade de France on September 8.

Should Wales win their pool, they will face the runner-up in Pool D, which would most likely be Argentina or Japan in Marseille on Saturday, October 14, while a quarter-final clash against England at the same venue the next day is perhaps the most likely outcome if Wales finish their pool in second place.

The two semi-finals will be held at the Stade France in Saint-Denis on October 20 and 21, 2023, with the bronze medal match at the same stadium happening on Friday, October 27.

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Saint-Denis will also host the final on Saturday, October 28.

Wales’ 2023 Rugby World Cup schedule in full:

Sunday, September 10 (Bordeaux) – Wales v Fiji

Saturday, September 16 (Nice) – Wales v Qualifier winner

Sunday, September 24 (Lyon) – Wales v Australia

Saturday, October 7 (Nantes) – Wales v Europe 1

Quarter final 1 – Saturday, October 14 (Marseille)

Quarter final 3 – Sunday, October 15 (Marseille)

Semi-final 1 – Friday, October 20 (Saint-Denis)

Semi-final 2 – Saturday, October 21 (Saint-Denis)

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Bronze final – Friday, October 27 (Saint-Denis)

Final – Saturday, October 28 (Saint Denis)

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