New Zealand vs Wales : New Zealand vs Wales, the 2019 Rugby World Cup third-place play-off/bronze-medal match. The game no one really wants to play in, but have to, after falling at the final hurdle in the pursuit of a World Cup final place.
The game either goes the way of free-flowing rugby as players cut loose or ends up as a damp squib of a match, with minds already elsewhere.
New Zealand and Wales face each other on Friday in the match no-one wants to play: the bronze final.
New Zealand were downed by a rampant England in their Rugby World Cup semi-final, while Wales could not get past a solid South Africa.
New Zealand vs Wales Schedule
When is it?
Friday, November 1, 2019.
What time does it kick-off?
9am GMT, 6pm local (JST).
Read the full TV schedule for the final matches and our guide on where you can watch the final across the UK.
Where is it being held?
Tokyo Stadium, Japan.
Friday sees these two battered and bruised teams come together before they head home.
Twenty teams started off RWC 2019 with the goal of becoming world champions – England and South Africa the last two standing after seeing off the All Blacks and Welsh respectively.
New Zealand will concede their crown on Saturday but first up on Friday, they play a Wales side looking to try to match the third-place finish they achieved in 1987.
This is Warren Gatland’s last match in charge of Wales after a glittering 12 years at the helm.
Gatland will be hoping to get one over his compatriots when Wales clash with the All Blacks in Tokyo.
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Actually yes, there is. New Zealand are the only opposition Wales have not beaten under head coach Warren Gatland – who takes charge of the side for the last time on Friday – and they are looking to achieve a first victory over the three-time world champions since 1953.
Gatland’s New Zealand counterpart Steve Hansen will also be taking charge for the last time of his team for the final time so it will be an emotional night for many.
Meanwhile, it promises to be the last World Cup match for a number of players who will not have time in their careers for another four-year cycle.
It is not the All Blacks way to throw in the towel and, after being heavily beaten by England last time out, there will be a desperation by the players to try and set the record straight. Wales, meanwhile, will also be licking their wounds after coming so close to the final. With both coaches being waved off into the distance after this match, the game will contain a competitive edge to some extent. But with Wales carrying a few injuries and the All Blacks a wounded beast, expect New Zealand to take the win.