The much anticipated match between 2019 Rugby World Cup favourites Wales and Australia is set to take place later in the morning while Uruguay will tackle Georgia in their second round Pool D matches in Japan.
Uruguay will be full of confidence following their victory over Fiji. Uruguay have opted for a similar line-up to the one that surprised Fiji and will be looking to consolidate their place among Pool D’s top three, while Georgia coach Milton Haig has made a raft of changes and says it is crunch time for the Lelos.
The Lelos will be aiming to bring their opponents back to earth. If they cannot, their mission of automatic qualification for RWC 2023 is likely to end in failure.
“We are at a tipping point in our tournament,” Haig said. “The Uruguay match becomes a must-win for us. We’re under no illusions about where we are and what needs to be done.”
Georgia lost the opening match against Wales and their qualification for the quarter finals is on the line.
The second match of the day will be the Pool D blockbuster as both Australia and Wales won their opening matches and both will be battling for the top spot in the pool log.
Australia beat Fiji 39 – 21 while Six Nations champions Wales beat Georgia with 43 – 14.
The two matches of the day will in all likelihood decide the winners and runners-up of Pool D.
The match between Uruguay and Georgia kicks off at 07:15 while the game between Australia and Wales will start at 09:45.