Wales v Australia, Rugby World Cup 2023: when is it and how to watch on TV

Who is the referee?

Wayne Barnes, an Englishman, is in charge. 

How do I get tickets?

To find out if tickets are still available, click through to the tournament’s official ticketing website.

What is the team news?

Wales and Australia will announce their teams later this week.

What is the recent history between the teams?

When it comes to World Cup action, Wales and Australia are familiar rivals, having played each other seven times.

And while Australia lead that particular series 4-3, Wales have won three of the last four in all competitions.

What are their pool matches and results?



What are the odds?

  • Australia to win: 10/11
  • Wales to win: evens
  • Draw: 18/1

‘Plenty of work going into Australia match’ 

Taulupe Faletau says Wales are growing in confidence as they close in on a place in the quarter-finals, and a continuation of Warren Gatland’s record of reaching the knockout phase in every World Cup campaign he has overseen with Wales.

“With the work we have done we are very confident in the group of what we can do,” number eight Faletau said.

“That is our approach going forward with each game – knowing the work we have put in and backing that.

“The togetherness we have built in that time together will put us in good stead.”

Faletau added: “We have got to concentrate on ourselves. There will be a lot to work on from the Portugal game and we will look to make those improvements going into Australia.

“With the time we have had together there is definitely belief within the group. In each game we believe we can get a result against any team on the day.

“We will take confidence from the two wins, but there is definitely plenty to work on going into Australia.”

Faletau, who has won 102 caps, is two games into his return from a calf muscle injury that ruled him out of Wales’ three-Test preparation schedule.

He highlighted an impressive display against Portugal by claiming Wales’ bonus-point touchdown, while he also made a try-saving tackle earlier in the contest.

A further step up from the 32-year-old can now be realistically expected, and Gatland said: “The more game-time he has and a string of games, he gets better.

“That is why, even with the short turnaround [between Fiji and Portugal] we wanted to give him some more rugby.

“I thought he did some really good things, and he will continue to get better with more rugby.”

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