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2023 Rugby World Cup: Final Pool Matches Permutations

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This weekend sees the final round of pool matches at the 2023 Rugby World Cup as teams battle for a spot in the quarter-finals.

With places in the knockout stages still up for grabs, we look closer at who needs what this weekend.

Pool A

New Zealand have already qualified for the quarter-finals, and they will likely be joined by tournament hosts France, who face Six Nations rivals Italy on Friday evening.

A win or a draw for France would see them progress as pool winners, with New Zealand taking the second spot, with the duo facing the top two from Pool B in the quarter-finals.

Pool B

Ireland take on Scotland on Saturday evening, and the outcome of that match will decide which two nations qualify from Pool B.

Ireland and South Africa are in pole position to do so, with Ireland knowing a win over Scotland would see them top the table.

Scotland do have a slim chance of qualifying, but they would need to beat Ireland by 21 or more points, with both sides also sealing a bonus point.

The likely outcome is that Ireland will top the pool to seal a quarter-final against New Zealand, and South Africa will face France – two mouthwatering clashes.

Pool C

Wales were the first country to seal a place in the quarter-finals, having won their first three matches, and they require just a bonus point against Georgia to lock in first place in Pool C.

And a bonus point would be enough to see Fiji as runners-up, having defeated Australia earlier in the tournament.

The duo would then face the top two from Pool D in the quarter-finals.

Pool D

England are guaranteed to finish top of Pool D, but they will be keen to keep their winning momentum going when they face Samoa on Saturday.

And Steve Borthwick’s side will be joined by Japan or Argentina, who clash on Sunday in a high-stakes match.

The likely quarter-finals would see England take on Fiji while Wales would face Japan or Argentina for a place in the last four.

Scott McGlynn
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