Australia vs Wales rugby: Kick-off time, live stream free, TV channel and teams for Rugby World Cup Pool D game – The Sun

WE'RE all set for one of the ties of the pool stage as Australia take on Wales in a clash that will surely decide top spot in Rugby World Cup Pool B.

The Aussies suffered an almighty scare in their opening match – trailing Fiji for 61 minutes before going on to claim a 39-21 bonus point win.

Opponents Wales got the job done early against Georgia as they claimed their bonus point before half time – but Warren Gatland will be a little concerned with the way they tailed off in the second half of their 43-14 win.

With both sides getting opening wins under their belt, this match looks almost certain to decide who will finish top of Pool D.

  • Australia vs Wales kicks off at 8.45am UK time – 4.15pm in Japan and 5.15pm in Sydney.
  • The Tokyo Stadium is the venue for the match.
  • Australia vs Wales is live on ITV1 in the UK, while in Australia, it is on Fox Sports and Network Ten.
  • To stream the match live, head to the ITV Hub.
  • Yes. ITV and the ITV Hub are free for all UK viewers with a TV Licence. A TV licence costs £154.50 and can be purchased here.
  • Wales: L Williams; North, Jonathan Davies, Parkes, Adams; Biggar, G Davies; Wyn Jones, Owens, Francis, Ball, Alun Wyn Jones (capt), Wainwright, Tipuric, Navidi.Replacements: Smith, Dee, Lewis, Shingler, Moriarty, T Williams, Patchell, Watkin.

    Australia: Haylett-Petty; Ashley-Cooper, O'Connor, Kerevi, Koroibete; Foley, Genia; Sio, Latu, Alaalatoa, Rodda, Arnold, Pocock, Hooper (capt), Naisarani.

    Replacements: Uelese, Slipper, Kepu, Coleman, Salakaia-Loto, White, To'omua, Beale.

  • IN TODAY'S early game, Georgia are heading to a comfortable bonus point victory over Uruguay.

    The Georgians have just run in their fifth try against the surprise package of the tournament to lead 31-7.

    That result is good news for both Wales, who have already convincingly beaten the Georgians and are now in pole position to make it through in second place at a minimum, regardless of what happens in Tokyo today.

  • WALES face Australia in one of the ties of the Rugby World Cup group stage today.

    Warren Gatland's men take on the Wallabies knowing that a win will almost certainly see them top Pool D and potentially earn a favourable quarter-final draw.

    And that is exactly what they failed to do last time they met Australia at the World Cup just four years ago.

    Having dispensed with England, the Welsh went down 15-6 against the Aussies at Twickenham, which meant they had to face South Africa and ultimately went out at the quarter-final stage.

    Australia meanwhile went all the way to the final where they lost to New Zealand.

    This time around however, Wales go into the match as favourites.

    The Six Nations Grand Slam winners are currently ranked third in the world compared to Australia's six.

    And they became the first team to earn a bonus point in the first half of this Rugby World Cup as they beat Georgia 43-14 in their opener.

    Australia meanwhile, came through a punishing fixture against Fiji, taking an incredible 61 minutes just to take the lead, before they went on to win 39-21.

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