Fiji to face Wales in opening RWC2023 fixture

World Rugby has confirmed fixtures for the Rugby World Cup 2023 with the Flying Fijians’ handed two tough opening matches within a week.

On 10 September in Bordeaux, the Flying Fijians take on Wales at the State Bordeaux and a week later, face Australia at State Geoffroy Guichard in Saint-Etienne.

Timings are still to be confirmed, World Rugby said in a statement.

Fiji last played Wales and Australia in the pool stages of the RWC2019 in Japan, losing to both 17-29 and 21-39 respectively.

The Flying Fijians then take almost two weeks off before their third pool match, against a European qualifier, which will also take place at the State Bordeaux on 30 September.

They wrap up pool proceedings on Sunday 8 October at Stadium de Toulouse before the knockout stages.

Fiji’s pool games are four of 48 RWC2023 fixtures scheduled across nine cities in France, starting on 8 September with the opening game featuring the host country versus the All Blacks. The quarter-finals will be played in Marseille (Stade Vélodrome) and Saint-Denis (Stade de France) on 14-15 October. State de France will also host the two semi-finals on Friday 20 and Saturday, 21 October, the bronze final on Friday, 27 October and the Cup final on Saturday, 28 October.

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