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2019 Rugby World Cup: Australia v Wales
Venue:Tokyo Stadium, TokyoDate:Sun, 29 SeptemberKick-off:08:45 BST
Coverage:Full commentary on every Wales game across BBC Radio Wales and Radio Cymru, BBC Radio 5 Live and Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, plus text updates on the BBC Sport website and app.

Wales against Australia on Sunday should be the match that decides who finishes top of Pool D.

The two sides have played one World Cup game each so far, with Wales beating Georgia 43-14 and the Wallabies overcoming Fiji 39-21.

Now the group’s top seeds go head-to-head in Tokyo, renewing a rivalry that has produced some nail-bitingly close encounters in recent years.

Wales triumphed in the latest meeting, winning 9-6 in Cardiff last November.

Before then, however, Warren Gatland’s side had suffered 13 successive defeats against Australia, a sequence of results stretching back to 2008.

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Gatland and his players say last year’s victory has renewed their confidence for this fixture, while Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika believes Wales are the favourites.

Wales are unchanged from their win over Georgia, with Alun Wyn Jones set to win a record 130th cap, surpassing the previous mark set by Gethin Jenkins.

Wales were ranked number one in the world as recently as August, while their Six Nations Grand Slam earlier this year coincided with a record 14-match winning run.

Australia also came into this World Cup in fine form, having beaten New Zealand 47-26 – a record margin – in the Rugby Champi

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