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Wales became the first team to qualify for the quarter-finals by hammering Australia 40-6 in Lyon. 

Hosts France, England and Ireland also look set to reach the last eight as they too have three wins from three matches. 

Here’s how the knockout matches look like shaping up…


Quarter-final 1 Wales v Argentina

Wales will want to ensure they finish top of Pool C by beating Georgia in their final group game on the 7 October. 

Wales should be confident of beating whichever team qualifies behind England

Wales should be confident of beating whichever team qualifies behind England

Doing so would mean they would likely avoid England in the quarters. If Wales do end up finishing top of Pool C, their first knockout opponent would be one of Samoa, Japan or Argentina. 

Gatland and Wales should be confident of beating whichever of those qualifies behind England. Argentina have disappointed so far, not least against England, but with Chile and Japan to play are most likely to finish second in the Pool.

Quarter-final 2 Ireland v New Zealand

Ireland’s impressive defeat of South Africa has put them in pole position to finish top of Pool B although things could still change if they are beaten by Scotland. But with 16 straight wins in the bag, it’s difficult to see Andy Farrell’s side losing. 

The Pool B winners will face the runners-up in Pool A at the Stade de France in Paris. It all points to Ireland against New Zealand. The All Blacks were beaten by France in the tournament opener but should still qualify with ease. 

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