Live updates: Rugby World Cup quarter-finals - Wales v France

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Final score: Wales 20   19 France

Check out the match highlights above.

Wales 20 (Ross Moriarty, Aaron Wainwright tries, Daniel Biggar 2 conversions, 2 penalties) beat France 19 (Charles Ollivon, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Virimi Vakatawa tries, Romain Ntamack 2 conversions) 

Wrap: Epic test match. The French started superbly and had Wales looking set for an early flight home. But a moment of madness from Sebastien Vahaamahina in 31 minutes to play turned the game on its  head. The Welsh would score the 10 points the needed from that point to go on and win the game. They book their spot in the World Cup final four for the third time and will play Japan or South Africa next weekend. 

Full time: That's it - Biggar slams the ball into touch and the Welsh have somehow won this one. 

79mins - The Welsh with possesion ... looking to run the clock out.

78mins - Reset after reset ... Three so far and we haven't gone anywhere. The referee had had enough and awarded a penalty to the Welsh. Biggar kicks for the line .... finds touch on the 22. 

76mins - Scrum for the Welsh on halfway. 

75mins - Try Wales - Ross Moriarity: The French scrum is smashed ... Thomas Williams wins the ball for Wales ... Tipuric goes close but Moriarty scores on the next phase! Close to the posts too. TMO has a look but it's all clear. Biggar converts and Wales lead for the first time. Wal 20-19.

74mins - Wales attacking with intent in the forwards but Dillon Lewis loses the ball forward and France have defensive scrum 5m out. 

73mins - Penalty on halfway for Wales ... Biggar's touch finder is okay ... lineout inside the 22. 

69mins - Wales earn the tighthead ... Parkes clears and Medard runs it back for France inside his 22. Lopes clears ... Wales run it back through Williams. 

68mins - Vakatawa steamrolls three Welsh defenders in the midfield .... it's all on at the breakdown but Peyper rules the ball unplayable and France have the feed 5m out. 

67mins - Scrum France on the 22 ... up and under from Lopez and Williams has lost the ball forward attempting to take it. 

66mins - French lineout on halfway. 

65mins - Wales roll up field .... they finally create an overlap ... North has two unmarked outside, inside the 22,  but Huget intercepts and then Wales are penalised at the ruck. Clearing penalty for France. 

63mins - Wales turn the ball over ... Lopez clears ... Wales run it back through Parkes.

62mins - Dejavu - Dropout 22 for Wales .... France have stopped playing rugby. Penaud knocks on on halfway .... advantage Wales and they attack. Penalty Wales just inside French territory. Biggar kicks for the line ... lineout on the 22. 

60mins - Dropout 22 for Wales ... they can't get field position back at the moment. 

59mins - 16 phases of attacking rugby from the French ... Lopez set for the droppy a couple of times but changed his mind. Dupont swings the ball right to Lopez ... to Fickou .. offload to Penaud but he knocks the ball on 5m out. Scrum Wales. 

55mins - Wales roll down field ... Parkes punching through weak defence but Tipuric is pinged for holding on and France clear to the Welsh 22 and an attacking lineout. 

54mins - Penalty Wales - Biggar makes no mistake. Fra 19-13.

53mins - Penalty for Wales from a handy spot ... offside play from half the French side. Biggar will have a shot at three. 

51mins - Turnover France ... great work from Ollivon at the breakdown and Lopez clears midway 22 and halfway. 

50mins - Back to the rugby ... Wales have a lineout 10m out. 

49mins - Red Card France - Sebastien Vahaamahina: That was disgusting ... a violent act was correctly punished and could cost his country a spot in the semi-finals.

48mins - Penalty for Wales .... Vahaamahina in the maul put an arm around Wainwright's neck. He's going to get red carded as he elbowed him in the face as well. TMO having a look.

47mins - Penalty for France. Tipuric pinged for side entry in the lineout maul. France going for the kill here as Lopez finds touch 5m out. 

45mins - French lineout 10m out. Great little stabbing kick from a Welsh players foot and rolls into touch. 

43mins - France through six phases .... Lopez drop goal but it's just to the right. 

42mins - Penalty won by France .... the Welsh pinged for sealing off at the breakdown. French lineout on the Welsh 22. Lopez is on for Ntamack. 

Second half - Ntamack gets us back underway ..... we have a kicking duel going ... Williams up and under and he reclaims. Wales on halfway on the attack. 

Half time - Biggar kicks to touch to end an enthralling 40mins. The French have come to play and the Welsh look a little bemused. Do they have enough to stage a comeback....only time will tell. 

39mins - Wales have a scrum .... on their own 22. They will surely clear here to end the half. 

37mins - The young pivot hits the post again. Ken Owens gathers the rebound .... Wales two phases and Biggar clears just outside the 22.

35mins - This game is absolute chaos! France all over the Welsh ... Ntamack spots a gap and gasses Tipuric on the outside ... he finds Fickou 30m out but North does well on cover. Under advantage now ... they shift wide right but Penaud can't get on the end of an Ntamack kick, but they will come back for the penalty. Ntamack will have a shot for three from wide out.

32mins - Medard breaks down the left ... he kicks ahead and Biggar can only run the ball out. Lineout 10m for France.

31mins - Try France - Virimi Vakatawa: Pressure pressure pressure. France hammering away at the Welsh defence...nine phases....Ntamack finds Penaud who pops a delicious pass tp the big centre who crashes over. Ntamack adds the extras. Fra 19-10.

29mins - France throwing the ball around and looking fantastic ... they lose the ball inside the red zone, but we are looking at foul play. Moriarity has gone high on Fickou and will cop a yellow card. 

27mins - Defensive scrum for France. Wales looking good through 10 phases ... Tipuric and Watkin making nice runs but Wainwright makes the mistake as his hands let him down in contact. Navidi is off ... injury .... Ross Moriarity on at No.8.

25mins - The French on attack following a Fickou break but illegal cleanout at the ruck and the Welsh get a defensive penalty. Biggar clears just over halfway for the lineout. 

23mins - French 22 restart ... this game being played at pace. Parkes with a nice kick and chase play but N'Tamack does well to recover and force the dropout. 

20mins - Wales penalty - Dan Biggar makes no mistake ... Wales settling into this now after the fast French start. Fra 12-10.

19mins - Welsh penalty inside the French red zone. High tackle on Ball by one of the French forwards. Biggar will have a shot. 

17mins - Scrum Wales 25m out from the French tryline.

15mins - Wales win a kicking duel ... Dan Biggar finds touch midway 22 and halfway French territory.

12mins - Try Wales - Aaron Wainwright: The French playing rugby inside their own half but Fickou loses the ball in contact .... scooped up by the Welsh No.6 and he sprints away to score under the posts against the run of play. What pace from the flanker. Biggar converts. Fra 12-7.

8mins - Try France - Charles Ollivon: French flare baby! Wow. Valatawa breaks a tackle in midfield....inside his own half...he shifts to N'Tamack who finds halfback Dupont, inside ball to Ollivon and the flanker gasses the cover from 40 to race away and score. N'Tamack adds the extras. Fra 12-0.

5mins - Try France - Sebastien Vahaamahina: Great lineout drive almost leads to a Guirado try .... two phases later and the 28-year-old giant crashes over to score his first test try. N'Tamack hits the post from a handy angle. Fra 5-0.

4mins - Pinball rugby .... kicks being charged down .... France counter attack down the left, kick and chase from N'Tamack but North cleans up. Wales clear but France have an attacking lineout.

2mins - Welsh through 10 phases then Biggar kicks poorly ... Medard takes the mark and clears over halfway.

Kick-off: Biggar gets us underway and Wales are right on attack following a French knock-on.

8:15pm - The French one is pretty epic too ... these two sides right up there in the World Cup anthem battle.

8:14pm - The Welsh national anthem is an absolute banger of a hit.

8:12pm - Hey folks - late change for Wales. Centre Jonathan Davies is out with injury, replaced by Owen Watkin. Leigh Halfpenny is on the bench. 


Kia ora, good evening and welcome to Newshub's coverage of the Rugby World Cup quarter-final between Wales and France in Oita. 

TAB Odds: Wales $1.32  France $3.20

Match officials
Referee: Jaco Peyper. Assistants:Nic Berry and Paul Williams
TMO: Marius Jonker 

Wales: 1-Wyn Jones, 2-Ken Owens, 3-Tom Francis, 4-Jake Ball, 5-Alun Wyn Jones, 6-Aaron Wainwright, 7-Justin Tipuric, 8-Josh Navidi, 9-Gareth Davies, 10-Dan Biggar, 11-Josh Adams, 12-Hadleigh Parkes, 13-Owen Watkin, 14-George North, 15-Liam Williams 

Reserves: 16-Elliot Dee, 17-Rhy Carre, 18-Dillon Lewis, 19-Adam Beard, 20-Ross Moriarity, 21-Tomos Williams, 22-Rhys Patchell, 23-Leigh Halfpenny 

France: 1-Jefferson Poirot, 2-Guilhem Guirado, 3-Rabah Slimani, 4-Bernard Le Roux, 5-Sebastien Vahaamahina, 6-Wenceslas Lauret, 7-Charles Ollivon, 8-Gregory Alldritt, 9-Antione Dupont, 10-Romain Ntamack, 11-Yoann Huget, 12-Gael Fickou, 13-Virimi Valatawa, 14-Damian Penaud, 15-Maxime Medard 

Reserves: 16-Camille Chat, 17-Cyril Baille, 18-Emerick Setiano, 19-Paul Gabrillagues, 20-Louis Picamoles, 21-Baptiste Serin, 22-Camille Lopez, 23-Vincent Rattez 

Pre-match banter: Wales at full strength for French test 

Jonathan Davies, Dan Biggar and George North have returned to the Wales team for Sunday's Rugby World Cup quarter-final against France after recovering from injuries.

Warren Gatland on Friday named the key backline trio in a team that featured one change from the matchday squad that beat Australia 29-25 in their toughest match in the pool stage.

Centre Davies sustained a knee injury in the following match against Fiji, while flyhalf Biggar took head knocks against the Wallabies and again when facing the Fijians.

Winger North also sat out Wales's final pool match against Uruguay because of a sore ankle but returned to full training this week and will face the French at Oita Stadium.

In the back row, Gatland has reverted to the combination of youngster Aaron Wainwright at blindside, the experienced Justin Tipuric at openside and Josh Navidi in the No.8 shirt with Ross Moriarty on the bench.

The one change from the Wallabies game comes on the bench, Rhys Carre coming in for Nicky Smith as reserve loosehead prop.