Australia’s defeat by Fiji has blown Pool C wide open, but the contest between Wales and Australia will offer some clarity.
Wales are four points clear at the top of the Pool and will qualify for the quarter-finals if they win their remaining two games, against Australia and Georgia. They can afford not to draw or lose one of the games and could still progress.
The problems for Wales will mount up if Australia beat them with a bonus point and Wales not even pick up a bonus point (for either scoring four tries or losing by less than seven points). If that happens, then Wales will be reliant on results going their way in the final round of pool games.
When is it?
This is the last game of the third weekend of the World Cup. Kick off is at 8pm UK time (9pm local time) on Sunday night. That’s Sunday 24 September.
How to watch on TV
ITV have the broadcast rights to every match at the World Cup. In the UK, this one is on ITV1. You can also read our full guide to the tournament’s TV coverage, plus a ranking of the best pundits and commentators working in the sport.
Where is it?
Debuting in January 2016, the Ol Stadium has a capacity of 58,883 and is the home of Olympique Lyonnais. Since opening it has hosted a series of international events, including rugby.
OL Stadium had been open for only four months when the European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals were played at the new stadium. In November 2017, New Zealand defeated France in front of 58,607 fans. At the end of that season, OL Stadium was chosen as the venue for the Top 14 semi-finals.
The city has always had a rich rugby pedigree. This stadium hosted the Men’s Euro 2016 tournament and the Fifa Women’s World Cup in 2019, Wales and Australia are scheduled to line up in this year’s first World Cup match at the stadium.
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?
play Australia on Sunday 24 September
play Georgia on Saturday 7 October
play Wales on Sunday 24 September
play Portugal on Sunday 1 October
What are the odds?
Australia to win: 10/11
Wales to win: evens
‘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.”