Ireland v Wales
Wales beat Ireland 19-13 in this year’s Six Nations but have not won back to back matches against them since 1988.
This is the third World Cup meeting between these teams, Ireland won 24-23 in 1995 and Wales won 13-6 in 1987 with both meetings coming in the pool stages.
Along with France, Ireland had the joint most successful lineout unit in the pool stages of this RWC, winning 91% of their own throws.
Wales’ George North made 385 metres with the ball in hand in the pool stages, more than any other player in the competition.
Toby Faletau made 50 successful tackles in the pool stages without missing a single one, more than any other player from any nation.
Wales have scored 198 tries in their 116 matches against Ireland, notching up 63 wins in the process (L47, D6).
Stephen Jones has notched up 90 points in his RWC career, nine more and he will overtake Neil Jenkins as his country’s most prolific points scorer in the competition’s history.
Wales made 530 carries during the pool stages, more than any other side in the competition.
Ireland only made 255 tackles during the pool stages, fewer than any other side.
Wales made an average of 169.5 passes per game in the pool stages, more than any of the other 19 teams in the tournament.
England v France
England have won four of their last five matches against France, losing the other 12-10 in Paris in 2010.
These two sides have met four times previously in World Cup matches, England winning in 2007, 2003 and 1991 and France winning in 1995.
Along with Ireland, France had the joint most successful lineout unit in the pool stages of this RWC, winning 91% of their own throws.
Wingers Chris Ashton and Vincent Clerc are the only two players in this match that have played every minute of their respective nation’s 2011 RWC campaigns.
Only the USA conceded more penalties and free-kicks (54) than England in the pool stages of this RWC.
This will be the 95th meeting between these two teams, England have notched up 51 wins so far, scoring an average of just 15 points per game and conceding 12.
There have been 62 successful drop-goals in this fixture over the
years, more than in the history of any other international rugby fixture.
France have won 373 matches in their international rugby history, more than any other Test nation.
England have notched up 998 penalties in their Test history, two more and they will become the third side to score 1,000 penalties (with Australia & France).
If Jonny Wilkinson starts this match he will equal Jason Leonard’s record for most RWC starts for England, 18.
South Africa v Australia
This is the 74th match between these sides, the Springboks hold the advantage so far having won 41 of the clashes (L31, D1).
There have been two World Cup meetings between these teams with South Africa winning 27-18 in the 1995 pool stages and Australia winning 27-21 after extra time in the 1999 semi-finals.
When these sides have met in World Cups the winner has always gone on to lift the Webb Ellis Trophy.
Australia have won five of their last six games against South Africa, losing the other 44-31 in Pretoria in 2010.
The Wallabies have not won four consecutive matches against the Springboks since 2000, a run which started with a win in the 1999 RWC semi-finals at Twickenham.
South Africa are the only side to have won 100% of their scrums at the 2011 RWC.
Of teams left in the 2011 RWC, Australia can boast the best tackle success rate (93%) of any nation.
Quade Cooper conceded 12 turnovers in the pool stages, more than any other player from any side.
Schalk Burger made 60 tackles in the pool stages, more than any other player, second on this list was team mate Heinrich Brussow.
Quade Cooper (pictured) is one of only six players left in the tournament to have played every minute of the 2011 RWC so far, and the only fly-half.
New Zealand v Argentina
Argentina have never beaten New Zealand, conceding an average of exactly 45 points and scoring just 13.8 per game over their 13 encounters.
This will be the second World Cup meeting between these sides, New Zealand won 46-15 in the pool stages of the 1987 edition of the tournament.
Lucas Amorosino beat 20 defenders in the pool stages, more than any other player in the tournament.
Ma’a Nonu made more clean breaks (13) than any other player in the pool stages and as a team the All Blacks made 83 clean breaks in their four games, 31 more than any other side.
No player managed to make more offloads in the pool stages than Sonny Bill Williams (8).
Argentina were the only one of the eight quarter-finalists that failed to score 100 points in the pool stages of the competition.
Except defeats to France and Tri-Nations teams, New Zealand have
not lost a Test match against any other side since 2003, with the last such defeat coming against England.
Felipe Contepomi has scored 123 RWC points, 12 shy of Argentina’s record points scorer in the competition, Gonzalo Quesada.
New Zealand are 49 points short of becoming the first nation to accrue 2,000 RWC points.
The All Blacks have crossed for a try in each of their last 93 Test matches.
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