Rugby World Cup: Black Ferns to face Wales as tournament quarter-final seedings decided

Rugby World Cup quarter-finals match-ups have been determined, with the Black Ferns to face Wales at Whangārei on Saturday, October 29.

Final pool results saw a 29-14 victory for Canada over United States and a 75-0 thrashing of South Africa by England finalised seedings for the knockout round.

After three bonus-point victories, New Zealand have finished as the top-seeded team, ending the first round with 15 points and a differential of +125. That sets up a quarter-final against Wales - who finished as the eighth-seeded team, third in Pool A. 

Canada celebrate a try against USA
Canada celebrate a try against USA. Photo credit: Photosport

The Black Ferns and Wales have already met at this World Cup, with the NZ women taking a 56-12 victory at Waitakere.

Canada's victory sees them finish as the second-seeded team by winning Pool B, but they will face a repeat fixture against USA in their quarter-final, played on Sunday, October 30.

In third place, England will face Australia on October 30 at Waitakere, as the third and sixth-seeded teams respectively.

Unbeaten, like the Black Ferns and Canada, England's narrow 13-7 victory over France ultimately cost them a bonus point and one of the top two spots.

Fourth seeds France will face Italy on October 29 in the first quarter-finals, scheduled for Whangārei before New Zealand's clash with Wales. 

The winners will then square off in semi-finals, both held at Eden Park on November 5.

Should the Black Ferns defeat Wales, they would face the winners of France and Italy in their semi-final. 

Rugby World Cup 2021 quarter-finals

France (4) v Italy (5)
4:30pm Saturday, October 29, Whangārei

New Zealand (1) v Wales (8)
7:30pm Saturday, October 29, Whangārei

England (3) v Australia (6)
1:30pm Sunday, October 30, Waitakere

Canada (2) v USA (7)
4:30pm Sunday, October 30, Waitakere

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