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What are the teams for the final pool matches of the 2021 Rugby World Cup?

Marlie Packer with Sene Naoupu and Aoife McDermott

The 2021 Rugby World Cup is in full flow, and heading into the final pool matches there is plenty to play for.

England take on South Africa looking to secure top spot in their pool and safe passage to the quarter-finals, while after suffering defeat to the Red Roses, France face Fiji with victory seeing them safely through to the knockout stages.

Wales face a straight shoot-out with Australia, with the winner taking all and advancing to the last eight alongside New Zealand, who face Scotland, with Bryan Easson’s side looking to finish the tournament with victory and a chance of being one of the best third-placed teams.

Italy face Japan knowing that victory will secure their place in the knockout stages, with a bonus point in defeat almost certain to see them through in third place too.

Here are all the team line-ups for the third and final Pool matches at Rugby World Cup 2021:


Marlie Packer is set to captain England for the first time as Simon Middleton made 13 changes to England’s team to take on South Africa on Sunday.

The Saracens flanker put in a display of commanding performances during the recent Tik Tok Women’s Six Nations, which saw her nominated for Player of the Championship.

Marlie Packer

And the Red Roses’ captain for the weekend could not believe she would get the honour to lead her country out at the Rugby World Cup.

She said: “It was a massive honour and privilege; I didn’t see it coming. We were just having a conversation and then we started talking about the team.

“There is no better privilege to play for the Red Roses and to play for that shirt, but to captain it and to do it at a World Cup is a massive honour.”

Packer is one of just two players who remain in the England starting XV from the victory over France, with Harrison starting at fly-half, as Simon Middleton rang the changes to his side.

England team to face South Africa at Waitakere Stadium, Auckland (Sunday 23 October, kick-off 5.45pm local time/5.45am UK time and live on ITV):

15 Sarah McKenna (Saracens, 42 caps), 14 Abby Dow (Wasps, 26 caps), 13 Holly Aitchison (Saracens, 11 caps), 12 Tatyana Heard (Gloucester-Hartpury, 5 caps), 11 Jess Breach (Saracens, 23 caps), 10 Zoe Harrison (VC; Saracens, 42 caps), 9 Lucy Packer (Harlequins, 6 caps), 1 Hannah Botterman (Saracens, 32 caps), 2 Connie Powell (Gloucester-Hartpury, 6 caps), 3 Maud Muir (Gloucester-Hartpury, 13 caps), 4 Rosie Galligan (Harlequins, 7 caps), 5 Cath O’Donnell (Loughborough Lightning, 22 caps), 6 Morwenna Talling (Loughborough Lightning, 4 caps), 7 Marlie Packer (C; Saracens, 85 caps), 8 Poppy Cleall (Saracens, 59 caps)

16 Amy Cokayne (Harlequins, 66 caps), 17 Vickii Cornborough (Harlequins, 72 caps), 18 Sarah Bern (Bristol Bears, 48 caps), 19 Zoe Aldcroft (Gloucester-Hartpury, 34 caps), 20 Sadia Kabeya (Loughborough Lightning, 5 caps), 21 Leanne Infante (Saracens, 54 caps), 22 Emily Scarratt (Loughborough Lightning, 105 caps), 23 Helena Rowland (Loughborough Lightning, 19 caps)


Ioan Cunningham has made two personnel and four positional changes to the Wales team ahead of their clash Australia as they look to seal a place in the quarter-finals.

Cerys Hale starts at tighthead prop, with Alex Callender returning to openside flanker, where she is joined in the back row by blindside flanker Bethan Lewis.

As a result, Gwen Crabb moves into the second row into the second row in a team that is led by centre Hannah Jones.

In the backs, Carys Williams-Morris and Niamh Terry make their first appearances of the tournament from outside centre and full-back respectively, while squad captain Siwan Lillicrap is set to make her 50th appearance from the bench.

Wales team v Australia (Saturday 2.15am UK time) ITV and S4C Clic:
15 Niamh Terry, 14 Jasmine Joyce, 13 Carys Williams-Morris, 12 Hannah Jones (capt), 11 Lisa Neumann, 10 Elinor Snowsill, 9 Ffion Lewis, 1 Cara Hope, 2 Kelsey Jones, 3 Cerys Hale, 4 Natalia John, 5 Gwen Crabb, 6 Bethan Lewis, 7 Alex Callender, 8 Sioned Harries

16 Carys Phillips, 17 Caryl Thomas, 18 Sisilia Tuipulotu, 19 Georgia Evans, 20 Siwan Lillicrap, 21 Keira Bevan, 22 Robyn Wilkins, 23 Kerin Lake


Scotland head coach Bryan Easson has made one change to the side ahead of their final pool match against New Zealand.

Shona Campbell comes into the team at full-back in place of the injured Chloe Rollie, who suffered an arm injury in the heart-breaking late defeat to Australia.

There are also four changes among the replacements, with Katie Dougan, Louise McMillan, Meryl Smith and Liz Musgrove all coming into the side.

Victory for Scotland would give them a real chance at advancing through to the knockout stages either in second or third place, but defeat or a draw would spell an end to the Rugby World Cup journey.

Scotland team to face New Zealand at the Rugby World Cup 2021 (kick-off 4.45am UK time / 4.45pm NZ time) – live on STV Player:
15 Shona Campbell, 14 Rhona Lloyd, 13 Emma Orr, 12 Lisa Thomson, 11 Hannah Smith, 10 Helen Nelson 9 Caity Mattinson, 1 Molly Wright, 2 Lana Skeldon, 3 Christine Belisle, 4 Emma Wassell, 5 Sarah Bonar, 6 Rachel Malcom (C), 7 Rachel McLachlan, 8 Jade Konkel-Roberts

16 Jodie Rettie, 17 Leah Bartlett, 18 Katie Dougan, 19 Lyndsay O’Donnell, 20 Louise McMillan, 21 Mairi McDonald, 22 Meryl Smith, 23 Liz Musgrove


Annick Hayraud has followed the same plan as Simon Middleton, making wholesale changes to the France side to face Fiji this Sunday.

Les Bleues have made 11 personnel and two positional changes to the side that were defeated by England last weekend – as try scorer and captain Gaëlle Hermet returns to the starting XV.

She is joined in the back row by Julie Annery and Emeline Gros in a forward pack that sees seven changes.

There is an all new front row, with Coco Lindelauf, Laure Touye and Assia Khalfaoui brought into the side, while Safi N’Diaye replaces Madoussou Fall in the second row.

In the backs, Pauline Bourdon starts at scrum-half following the tragic ACL injury to Laure Sansus against England, and she is joined by Jessy Trémoulière at fly-half, with Caroline Drouin moving from fly-half to inside centre.

The team is complete with two further changes to the back three, with Marine Menager and LLorens Melissande joining Emilie Boulard in the back three, with Boulard shifting from left wing to full-back.

France team to face Fiji:
15 Emilie Boulard, 14 Llorens Melissande, 13 Maëlle Filopon, 12 Caroline Drouin, 11 Marine Menager, 10 Jessy Trémoulière, 9 Pauline Bourdon, 1 Coco Lindelauf, 2 Laure Touye, 3 Assia Khalfaoui, 4 Céline Ferer, 5 Safi N’Diaye, 6 Gaëlle Hermet (C), 7 Julie Annery, 8 Emeline Gros

Replacements :
16 Yllana Brosseau, 17 Célia Domain, 18 Rose Bernadou, 19 Manaé Feleu, 20 Charlotte Escudero, 21 Alexandra Chambon, 22 Lina Queyroi, 23 Chloé Jacquet


Italy head coach Andrea di Giandomenico has made three changes to the side that lost 22-12 to Canada last week.

Italy know that victory against winless Japan will see them through to the quarter-finals and they have plenty of experience on the field.

Sara Barattin

Joining an already highly experienced backline is scrum-half Sara Barattin, who is in line to make her 110th cap for the Le Azzurre.

And in the forwards, Francesca Sgorbini comes into the back row alongside Giada Franco and captain Elisa Giordano, while in the second row Sara Tounesi joins Giordana Duca.

Italy team to face Japan:
15 Vittoria Ostuni Minuzzi, 14 Aura Muzzo, 13 Michela Sillari, 12 Beatrice Rigoni, 11 Maria Magatti, 10 Veronica Madia, 9 Sara Barrattin, 1 Silvia Turani, 2 Melissa Bettoni, 3 Sara Seye, 4 Sara Touensi, 5 Giordana Duca, 6 Francesca Sgorbini, 7 Giada Franco, 8 Elisa Giordano (C)

16 Vittoria Vecchini, 17 Gaia Maris, 18 Emanuela Stecca, 19 Valeria Fedrighi, 20 Isabella Locatelli, 21 Beatrice Veronese, 22 Sofia Stefan, 23 Alyssa D’Inca