The Road to the RWC 2023 Quarterfinals
The rugby world cup 2023 has been an epic ride thus far. Even though there were some hiccups across all french stadiums on the first matches, France have stepped up and made it quite the experience. From Paris, Lyon, Nice to Bordeaux fans have been entertained with some immense rugby.
The final eight teams have worked hard to get to the rwc 2023 quarterfinals and it has been no picnic. Some have lost incredible players due to injury but this has also given great opportunities to others. Furthermore the best of the best will be facing off this coming weekend and some will win with small margins. So let’s take a closer look at the teams that have secured their spot in this thrilling round.
RWC Quarterfinals 2023
The quarterfinals in the RWC 2023 start on 14 October, therefore here are the teams and dates they will be facing each other:
14 October 2023
- Wales v Argentina in Marseille
- Ireland v New Zealand in Saint-Denis
15 October 2023
- England v Fiji in Marseille
- France v South Africa in Saint-Denis
South Africa – Quarterfinals
The reigning champions, South Africa, have shown exceptional determination throughout the tournament. With their fierce defense and powerful forwards, they have remained a formidable force. Fans across the globe eagerly anticipate their quarterfinal match as they strive to defend their title. Having lost against Ireland in the group stages, the Boks will be looking to not repeat defeat with France. If this happens they may face Ireland in the Final. Can we all say re-match?
Ireland – Quarterfinals
Ireland’s journey has been marked by their well-structured gameplay and dynamic strategies. With a mix of experienced veterans and emerging talents, they have consistently impressed fans and critics alike. Their quarterfinal clash promises to be an exciting battle on the road to glory. They are currently the best team in the world and the team to beat, can New Zealand do the unthinkable and kick them out? We will have to wait and see.
France – Quarterfinals
As the host nation, France has had home support spurring them forward throughout the Rugby World Cup. Their tenacity, flair, and deep-rooted love for the sport have made them a team to watch. The quarterfinals will undoubtedly be a special moment for the French team and their passionate fans. Antoine Dupont will be back for the Bokke clash after his injury, as the best player in the world he is quite the sight when he is playing. With the entire country and crowd roaring behind the French let us hope the Bokke can thrive of the energy and prove they may be the better team.
New Zealand – Quarterfinals
Renowned for their dominance and exceptional skills, the All Blacks have consistently proven themselves as a force to be reckoned with. The quarterfinal stage will undoubtedly showcase their trademark flair and determination. Facing Ireland will be a massive challenge, but the All Blacks never fear a challenge. Can they find their drive again and kick the Irish out of the RWC 2023? Now that would be a spectacle!
Wales has displayed a somewhat commendable performance throughout the tournament. Their unwavering resilience and tactical prowess have carried them through challenging matches. The Quarterfinals will put this determined team to the test, but they undoubtedly have the potential to go all the way. Wales will compete against the Pumas, and Argentina is a formidable opponent for sure.
Now Fiji have been a force to be reckoned with on and off this WC, when they play their hearts out they play such special rugby. However losing against Portugal was a massive surprise but luckily with a bonus point they have managed to kick out Australia and secure a quarterfinal. Fiji’s breathtaking running rugby and lightning-fast agility, have captured the hearts of fans worldwide. They will be facing England on Sunday 15 October 2023. Can they push England far enough to make it to the Semi final?
England, known for their physicality and strategic approach to the game, have also secured a spot in the quarterfinals. Their unwavering commitment and competitive spirit make them a formidable opponent. With a rich rugby heritage and a relentless drive for success, England enters the quarterfinals with high hopes and face Fiji who have had electrifying performances.
Argentina’s passion for rugby shines brightly in every match they play. Also their physicality, quick thinking, and relentless pursuit of victory make them a formidable opponent. Therefore as they progress to the quarterfinals, Argentina aims to continue their impressive run and make their mark on the tournament. Can they out play Wales? We will just have to wait and see as the Wales v Argentina match is the 1st of the quarterfinals.
RWC 2023 Semi Final Dates
Herewith the Semi Final and Finals dates, also we will have to wait and see who will be facing whom after this weekend, all matches will be in Saint-Denis:
- 20 October 2023
- 21 October 2023
- Bronze Final 27 October 2023
- Final 28 October 2023
RWC 2023 Quarterfinals Conclusion
In conclusion, the quarterfinals stage of the Rugby World Cup 2023 promises to deliver exhilarating matchups and intense competition. So with each team showcasing their unique strengths and aspirations, fans around the world eagerly anticipate the thrilling battles that lie ahead. May the best teams prevail and pave their way towards lifting the coveted Webb Ellis Cup!
Also this year celebrates 200 years of rugby and this will be recognised at the rugby awards the evening after the final. This same evening there will also be 5 players inducted into the rugby hall of fame. Furthermore our very own Bryan Habana is one of the 5 who have changed the game with his illustrious career. Dan Carter, Thierry Dusautoir, George Smith, and Juan Martin are the other 4 inductees. Also have a look at the RWC 2023 Finals article.