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What Wales’ stunning win over Australia means and who they’re now likely to play in quarter-finals of Rugby World Cup

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Wales have beaten Australia 29-25 to put themselves on the brink of topping Rugby World Cup Pool D.

Tries from Hadleigh Parkes and Gareth Davies, plus drop goals from both Dan Biggar and Rhys Patchell, helped Wales topple the Wallabies during a stunning game in Tokyo.

It’s a result that could have a huge impact on their World Cup chances and you can follow the live reaction here.

It means Warren Gatland’s side will now enter the seemingly easier half of the knockout stage draw, as long as they beat Fiji and Uruguay in their remaining group matches.

Hadleigh Parkes of Wales celebrates with George North

Hadleigh Parkes of Wales celebrates with George North

Wales’ Pool D is paired with Pool C in terms of who plays who in the quarter-finals.

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With England currently favourites to top Pool C, and France tipped for second after beating Argentina, Wales’ most likely quarter-final is against the French in Oita on Sunday, October 20, at 8.15am UK time. That situation could of course change if England were to not win their group.

Topping the Pool, as now seems the likeliest possibility, will mean Wales avoiding the All Blacks until the Rugby World Cup final, should they get that far.

If Wales were to win their quarter-final, their most likely semi-final opponents on current form and expectation would be South Africa, who will face the winners of that Japan and Ireland group in the quarter-finals.

Wales’ semi-final would be on Sunday, October 27 at 9am UK time.