Rugby World Cup 2023 – Wales first team to qualify for the quarter-finals

Thanks to its precious victory against Australia this Sunday evening in Lyon (40-6), Wales qualified for the quarter-finals of the World Cup. They are the first team in the competition to do so. The Wallabies, for their part, risk a historic elimination.

Even if they lose in the final match against Georgia, Wales will see the quarter-finals of the 2023 Rugby World Cup. Thanks to their masterful victory on the lawn of Groupama Stadium facing an Australian team which never ceases to disappoint and which finds itself on the verge of elimination (40-6), Warren Gatland’s men find themselves at the top of Pool C with fourteen points. They therefore have six more units than these same Wallabies, third, while the latter only have one match to play. With Georgia and Portugal having only two points after two matches, Wales can only be joined by Fiji.

This is a first big victory for the Leek XV, which had been in crisis for several months. While there were big doubts surrounding this team at the start of this World Cup, the victory against Fiji, then against Portugal and Australia ended up reassuring an entire nation. The challenge now for Wales is first place in Group C. It will simply take a victory against Georgia to secure this first position and therefore benefit from a more favorable draw in the quarter-finals.

For Australia, an earthquake is in sight…

In the event of first place, Jac Morgan’s teammates would face the second in pool D. A pool currently dominated by England and in which Argentina, Japan and Samoa are competing for second place. The Welsh could still do without their opener Dan Biggar for the rest of the competition. For Australia, the blow is very hard. After three games, the Wallabies are tied on points with the Fijians, while the latter have a game in hand.

Australia must play a final group match against Portugal next Friday, while the Fijians still have matches against Georgia and Portugal to play. This would be the first time in World Cup history that Australia has been eliminated in the World Cup group stage. An earthquake is in sight…

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