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Rugby World Cup: Quarter-finals preview

The 2023 Rugby World Cup has reached the business end of the tournament, with the quarter-finals taking place this weekend.

There is of course no room in the last eight for Australia, who have been sent packing following defeats against Fiji and Wales in the group stage.

But the show rolls on, with Wales set to take on Argentina in the first of the quarter-finals, before Ireland against New Zealand, England vs Fiji and hosts France taking on South Africa complete the quarter-final line-up.

Tournament hosts France are 4.00 to go all the way and win the World Cup, while Ireland are the same price.

South Africa and New Zealand are both 4.50, while England are available at 12.00 to win the World Cup.

But first let’s take a look ahead to the quarter-finals.

Wales v Argentina

WhatWales v Argentina
WhereStade Velodrome, Marseille
When01:00 (AEST), Sunday 15th October 2023
How to watchStan Sport
OddsWales 1.44, Argentina 2.75

Wales came through Pool C with flying colours by winning all four of their games with relative ease.

They take on an Argentina side that finished second in Pool D behind England, who were the only team to beat them.

Argentina edged out Japan in a thriller to book their place in the quarters, but will be without star back-row forward Pablo Matera, who has picked up an injury.

Wales will need to find a replacement for Taulupe Faletau, who misses the rest of the World Cup with a broken arm.

Ireland v New Zealand

WhatIreland v New Zealand
WhereStade de France, Paris
When05:00 (AEST), Sunday 15th October 2023
How to watchStan Sport
OddsIreland 1.66, New Zealand 2.20

Ireland cruised through Pool B with four wins, but will face their toughest test yet against a New Zealand side that finished second in Pool A.

This clash is the most eagerly anticipated out of the four quarter-finals and could go either way.

Ireland have already named their side and have been hit by the news that James Ryan is not available after suffering a hand injury.

However, Mack Hansen and James Lowe have both been declared fit to play.

The All Blacks have been boosted by the news that tighthead prop Tyrel Lomax has trained well this week and is available for selection.

England v Fiji

WhatEngland v Fiji
WhereStade Velodrome, Marseille
When01:00 (AEST), Monday 15th October 2023
How to watchStan Sport
OddsEngland 1.30, Fiji 3.50

England cruised into the semi-finals with four wins to top Pool D and are the hot fancies going into the clash against Fiji.

Fiji are the underdogs and were not expected to get this far heading into the World Cup, meaning that they can play without pressure, which makes them a very dangerous side.

They booked their spot in the quarter-finals despite a surprise defeat to Portugal in the last match and will need to raise their game against the Red Rose.

England will only name their side on Friday and they face a dilemma at fly-half, with George Ford and Owen Farrell battling it out for a place in the starting XV.

France v South Africa

WhatFrance v South Africa
WhereStade de France, Paris
When05:00 (AEST), Monday 16th October 2023
How to watchStan Sport
OddsFrance 1.72, South Africa 2.10

France have already beaten New Zealand in this World Cup, on their way to topping Pool A with four wins out of four.

Reigning champions South Africa have also performed well so far, losing just one game, to Ireland, to finish as runners-up in Pool B.

France are the fancies to book their place in the semi-finals and have been handed a boost with the news that captain Antoine Dupont is in contention to play.

The scrum half has been back in full training after recovering from a fractured cheekbone and will be hoping to play a big role against a Springboks unit who are sure to front up for what looks like being a blockbuster showdown.

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