Australia and Wales will lock horns in an exciting RWC 2019 pool D match at the Tokyo Stadium in Tokyo with the winner most probably going all the way to top the group if all goes according to the book. 5th placed Wales, who have never made it to the RWC final, will be looking for a morale-boosting victory over 6th placed and two-time World Cup winners Australia as they look to put their hands on the trophy for the very first time. Australia, on the other hand, will be yearning for a confidence instilling win over Wales on the 29th of September 2019 when the two meet in Tokyo.
Australia vs Wales Rugby World Cup 2019 Warm-up Game Kickoff Time, Dates, Venue, What Channel Live Online is the Game
- What: Australia vs Wales Rugby 2019 Live
- When: Sunday, 29th September
- Where: Tokyo
- Kickoff: 16:45 local, 07:45 GMT
- Television Match Official (TMO): TBC
- TV: BBC Sport, S4C, NBC Sports, DMAX
Most Recent Meeting
These two sides’ most recent encounter was a try-less low scoring affair at the Principality Stadium in Wales. Both sides shared the spoils in the opening half after Halfpenny and Foley had scored penalties for their respective sides. Halfpenny kicked another penalty for Wales to give them a 6-3 lead but Matt To’omua leveled the scored with 5 minutes on the clock. However, it was Dan Biggar’s kick 2 minutes later that won the game for Wales and broke a 13-year losing streak to Australia in a game that defenses reigned supreme.
Head to Head
Australia and Wales have met 42 times in competitive matches with Australia winning 30, Wales 11, and the other fixture ending in 29-29 draw in 2006. Moreover, these two teams have met 6 times in the RWC since 1987. Wales won the first meeting 21-22 in 1987 but Australia won the other 5 matches; Thrice in a pool (3-38, 20-32, and 15-6), once in a third place play-off (18-21), and once in a quarter-final (9-24).
Adam Ashley-Cooper produced a sensational run of form in the run-up to the RWC that saw him earn a call-up to the squad and will be bringing a lot of experience into the side when they face Wales on the 29th. Besides Ashley’s experience, the Wallabies will be hoping that D. Haylett-Petty hits his best strides against Wales as they look to beat Wales in a 6th consecutive WC meeting.
Dan Biggar’s strong mental resolve makes him undroppable in big games and coupled with his talent and skillfulness, he will be worth watching when they face Australia who boast a strong h2h record over Wales in recent past. Additionally, Wales will be heavily reliant on Halfpenny to help them breach the Wallabies’ defence in Tokyo as they look for a crucial win in Pool D.
The Wallabies have an 81% win rate in RWC matches having won 39 and lost just 9 games in 48 appearances while scoring an average of 34.27 points per game on the world stage. Wales on the other hand has a 57% win rate in WC matches having won 21 and lost 16 in 37 appearances while averaging 28.35 points per game in the global showpiece. Australia has won all the group stage RWC meetings between these two sides and also won the past 5 consecutive meetings against Wales in the RWC. The Wallabies’ better h2h record over Wales gives them the edge in this game.
Prediction: Australia to Win
Australia 26-14 Wales