Rugby World Cup knockouts: Wales v France, Japan v S. Africa

Wales rugby team captain Alun Wyn Jones, center, trains at Beppu, Japan, Friday Oct. 18, 2019. Wales will face France in the quarterfinals at the Rugby World Cup on Oct. 20. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
France's Romain Ntamack passes the ball during a training session in Oita, Japan, Friday Oct. 18, 2019. France will face Wales in the quarterfinals at the Rugby World Cup on Oct. 20.(AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
South Africa's Malcolm Marx passes the ball during a training session in Tokyo, Japan, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. South Africa play Japan in a Rugby World Cup quarterfinal on Sunday Oct. 20. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
Japan's Michael Leitch speaks during a press conference, ahead of the Oct. 20, quarterfinal against South Africa in the Rugby World Cup in Tokyo, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. (Tsuyoshi Ueda/Kyodo News via AP)

TOKYO — The semifinal lineup at the Rugby World Cup will be completed on Sunday, with Wales playing France in Oita before host nation Japan takes on two-time champion South Africa in Tokyo.

England and New Zealand advanced with big wins on Saturday and will meet in the first semifinal. It's tough to predict who will be in the second.

Japan's historic qualification to the quarterfinals has been the story of the tournament so far — it's the first time any Asian country has got to the knockout stage — and the team has beaten South Africa at the World Cup before, of course.

In the "Miracle of Brighton" at the 2015 competition, the Springboks were famously defeated by Japan in one of the greatest shocks in any sport.

Wales starts as favorite against France in the all-European quarterfinal, having won seven of their last eight meetings.

___

More AP Rugby World Cup: https://www.apnews.com/RugbyWorldCup and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

You may also interested in

Shanghai Shenhua accuses Changchun Yatai player...

Aug 5, 2018

Chinese Superleague team Shanghai Shenhua has accused an opposing player of racially abusing its...

Fognini going for 4th ATP title of the year in...

Sep 29, 2018

Top-seeded Fabio Fognini has reached his fourth ATP final of the year after beating Taylor Fritz of...

Sevastova beats Osaka 6-4, 6-4 in China Open...

Oct 6, 2018

Anastasija Sevastova beat U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka 6-4, 6-4 Saturday to reach the China Open...

Japan qualifies for World Cup, Syria still has a...

Aug 31, 2017

Japan will be playing at next year's World Cup, and Syria has a chance to join them

Bolt predicts his world records could stand for...

Sep 5, 2017

Usain Bolt says he has no regrets about retiring and is confident his world records will stand for...

About Us

Frontal Report is an emerging leader in all forms of media. We aim to be the leading news brand for readers around the world.

Contact us: sales[at]frontalreport.com

Subscribe Now!