Wales Rugby World Cup 2019 fixtures: squad, match dates and latest team news

Wales Rugby World Cup 2019 fixtures: squad, match dates and latest team news
Jonathan Davies is a key attacking weapon for Wales Credit: Reuters

When does the 2019 Rugby World Cup start?

The opening match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup kicks off on Friday, September 20, as Wales and 19 other nations from all across the globe compete for the Webb Ellis Cup.

Who is in Wales' World Cup squad?

What date is Wales' opening match?

It is against Georgia on Monday, September 23, at 11.15am BST.

Who is in Wales' group?

What are Wales' full RWC fixtures?

MATCH ONE

Wales vs Georgia... City of Toyota Stadium... Monday, September 23... 11.15am BST... (ITV)

MATCH TWO

Australia vs Wales... Tokyo Stadium... Sunday, September 29... 8.45am BST... (ITV)

MATCH THREE

Wales vs Fiji... Oita Stadium... Wednesday, October 9... 10.45am BST... (ITV)

MATCH FOUR

Wales vs Uruguay... Kumamoto Stadium... Sunday, October 13... 9.15am BST... (ITV)

When are the knockout rounds?

The quarter-finals are on October 19-20.

The semi-finals are on October 26-27.

The Bronze Final is on November 1.

The Final is on November 2.

What is the latest Wales team news?

Wales coach Warren Gatland has included lock Corey Hill in his 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup in Japan despite the second rower being an injury concern having not played for the side since February.

Gatland is taking a risk by naming Hill as one of four second-rowers - alongside captain Alun Wyn Jones, Jake Ball and Adam Beard - considering the 27-year-old has yet to prove his match fitness after fracturing his leg.

Gatland has also selected five props, one fewer than expected, in Nicky Smith, Wyn Jones, Rhys Carre, Tomas Francis and Dillon Lewis.

Carre only made his international debut against Ireland in the 22-17 warm-up defeat in Cardiff but he was selected ahead of the more experienced Rob Evans and Samson Lee.

Ken Owens, appearing at a third World Cup, leads the hookers along with Elliot Dee and Ryan Elias.

Wales have opted for six back-row players in James Davies, Ross Moriarty, Josh Navidi, Aaron Shingler, Justin Tipuric and Aaron Wainwright to complete his pack.

Gareth Davies, Aled Davies and Tomos Williams will contest the scrum-half position, with Dan Biggar and Rhys Patchell the fly-halves with Jarrod Evans missing out.

Jonathan Davies, Hadleigh Parkes and Owen Watkin feature as the centres, with Josh Adams, Hallam Amos, Leigh Halfpenny, George North and Liam Williams included as the back-three selections.

Centre Scott Williams was another to miss out even though he started against Ireland for the first time in more than a year.

"Selection is always the toughest part of the job and that is especially true come RWC time," Gatland said.

"Reducing the squad down to 31 has been extremely hard, especially when you look at the depth we have created and the amount of the work the training squad have put in, for some, 14 weeks of training.

"We are really happy with the final 31, we feel there is an excellent blend to the squad, in terms of talent, experience and age profile and we are all incredibly excited about heading to Japan and what lies ahead."