How are the World Cup quarter-finals lining up?

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Venue: France Dates: 8 September to 28 October
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The pool stage of the 2023 Rugby World Cup is approaching its end and the quarter-final line-up is almost complete.

Who plays who in the quarter-finals?

Qualified teams in black

14 October: Quarter-final 1: Winner Pool C v Runner-up Pool D (Stade de Marseille), 16:00 - Wales v Argentina

14 October: Quarter-final 2: Winner Pool B v Runner-up Pool A (Stade de France), 20:00 - Ireland v New Zealand

15 October: Quarter-final 3: Winner Pool D v Runner-up Pool C (Stade de Marseille), 16:00 - England v Fiji/Australia

15 October: Quarter-final 4: Winner Pool A v Runner-up Pool B (Stade de France), 20:00 - France v South Africa

World Cup semi-finals

The winners of the games on 14 October play each other in the first semi-final on 20 October and the winners of the matches on 15 October face each other on 21 October. Both semi-finals will take place in Paris.

20 October

Wales or Argentina v Ireland or New Zealand

21 October

England or Fiji/Australia v France or South Africa

World Cup final

The Rugby World Cup winners will be crowned at the Stade de France on 28 October.

Pool stage permutations

Before all that, the qualifiers from the pools have still to be fully determined.

In the pool stage, teams earn four points for a win and two for a draw. A bonus point is awarded for scoring four tries or for a defeat by seven points or fewer.

If two teams are tied on the same number of points, the winner of the match between those teams will go through regardless of points difference.

The sides finishing third in each pool automatically qualify for the 2027 World Cup in Australia, as do the quarter-finalists.

All times in the remaining fixtures listed below are BST - here is what each team needs from their final pool matches...

Pool A

 France win the pool with 18 points, New Zealand finish second with 15, Italy are third with 10, Uruguay fourth with five and Namibia are fifth with zero points

France secured top spot and their place in the last eight with a superb 60-7 win over Italy on Friday.

New Zealand finished in second place, having lost to France in the tournament's opening match.

Italy had to settle for third and automatic qualification for the 2027 World Cup in Australia.

Uruguay had the consolation of one win but Namibia were unable to record a victory.

Pool B

 Ireland win the group with 19 points, South Africa are second with 15, Scotland third with 10 and Tonga and Romania play on Sunday

8 October: Tonga v Romania (16:45)

Ireland dismantled Scotland with a display of clinical brilliance to reach the quarter-finals and knock their opponents out of the tournament.

Ireland go through as pool winners while South Africa, who beat Scotland 18-3, take second place.

Pool C

Pool C standings

8 October: Fiji v Portugal (20:00)

Wales scored six tries in a 43-19 victory over Georgia on Saturday to secure top spot with four straight wins.

Fiji will join Wales in the quarter-finals if they take one point from their last game against Portugal, having beaten Australia earlier in the pool stage.

If Fiji fail to collect any points, Australia will make it through to the last eight in second spot.

Pool D

Pool D standings

England had secured top spot and a place in the quarter-final before they finished their pool campaign with a tense 18-17 win over Samoa on Saturday.

Mateo Carreras scored a hat-trick as Argentina overcame Japan 37-29 in a thrilling game on Sunday to take second place. They will face Wales in the last eight in Marseille.

Japan's third place means they have secured a place at he 2027 World Cup in Australia.

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