Wales vs Portugal LIVE: Rugby World Cup team news and latest updates

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Christ Tshiunza (L) and Dafydd Jenkins warm up during Wales training

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Wales will look to continue their winning start to the Rugby World Cup when they take on Portugal at the Stade de Nice this afternoon.

Dan Biggar played for Warren Gatland’s side in the opening game against Fiji. He scored 12 points before limping off the court with a minor hit in the second half. Fiji fought back late but Wales’ defensive stability secured them a thrilling 32-26 win. Gatland made 13 changes to the starting lineup today, with winger Louis Rees-Zammit and number eight Taulupe Faletau retaining their places.

This clash will be Portugal’s first game of the tournament as they are making only their second appearance at the World Cup after exiting in the group stage in 2007. Thirteen players from the starting team play their club rugby in France, but hooker Mike Tadjer is the only player playing in the top 14, for Perpignan.

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Samoa 9-7 Chile

A third regulation kick is sent over the top by Christian Leali’ifano and Samoa are back in the lead. Ulupano Junior Seuteni is back on the pitch after his yellow card expires.

After 21 minutes, the two teams take a water break.

Mike JonesSeptember 16, 2023 2:30 p.m

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Wales’ World Cup debutants

There are four players in the Wales starting XI who will make their Rugby World Cup debut this afternoon. They are: Christ Tshiunza, Dewi Lake, Johnny Williams and Mason Grady.

Dewi Lake will also be captain of the team.

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Mike JonesSeptember 16, 2023 2:27 p.m

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Team news Wales vs Portugal

Warren Gatland has made 13 changes to the starting line-up for Saturday’s Rugby World Cup Pool C match against Portugal in Nice. Gatland retains winger Louis Rees-Zammit and number eight Taulupe Faletau from the team that won a tough battle against Fiji last weekend.

Co-captain Dewi Lake leads Wales after recovering from a knee injury, while scrum-half Tomos Williams wins his 50th cap and there are first World Cup starts for players such as center Mason Grady and lock Christ Tshiunza. This is the match game where key players in the starting XI take a break and give time on the field to the fringe players in the squad.

Portugal, on the other hand, are given a boost ahead of their first World Cup game in 16 years with the return of winger Raffaele Storti from injury.

Mike JonesSeptember 16, 2023 2:19 p.m

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Samoa 6-7 Chile

Samoa took an early lead with a penalty easily converted between the posts, but it didn’t take long for Chile to respond. Their strikers put Samoa on the back foot and keep diving towards the line.

Prop Matias Dittus storms through for the first try of the day and the conversion goes over the bar.

Just before the 10-minute mark, Samoan center Ulupano Junior Seuteni is sent off for a bad foul, but the Pacific Islanders also took a second penalty.

It will be close.

Mike JonesSeptember 16, 2023 2:17 p.m

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Gareth Anscombe is relieved to have avoided an unwanted World Cup double

Gareth Anscombe has revealed he fears his Rugby World Cup hopes could be derailed by injury for the second year in a row.

The Wales full-back missed Japan 2019 after suffering a horrific knee injury during a World Cup warm-up game against England that sidelined him for two years.

Anscombe fought back to regain his footing on the international stage – but then injury struck again during Wales’ World Cup training camp in Turkey earlier this summer.

Mike JonesSeptember 16, 2023 2:08 p.m

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Samoa vs Chile

The first Rugby World Cup match of the day takes place in Bordeaux, while Samoa take on Chile in Pool D. The game has just started and it is Samoa’s first appearance in the tournament after having to sit out the first week’s games.

Mike JonesSeptember 16, 2023 2:05 p.m

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Wales are not taking Portugal lightly after the hosts were spooked by Uruguay

Mike Forshaw says Wales will rely on Uruguay’s outstanding performance against France when they take on Rugby World Cup minnows Portugal on Saturday.

Despite being ranked 17th in the world, Uruguay put in an outstanding performance before suffering a 27-12 defeat. They denied Les Bleus a bonus point and will no doubt serve as an inspiration to other World Cup underdogs such as Portugal, Chile and Namibia.

Wales are expected to brush aside Patrice Lagisquet’s team in the first meeting between the two countries in 29 years.

“We will refer to the French game. It’s very important that we get messages from this,” said Wales assistant coach and defense specialist Forshaw. “We have to do our fundamentals well and give them the respect they deserve, but we want to impose ourselves on this team.

“We know that every game will be tough and nothing will change in our preparation. If you look at their backs, they have quite a few sevens players, they play coast to coast, so we have to cut that supply with our defense and our urgency to create space for them.

“They have similar threats to the Fijians, so we have to be right.”

Wales are preparing for their next Rugby World Cup

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Lawrence OstlereSeptember 16, 2023 1:58 p.m

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Gareth Anscombe is grateful for the opportunity to play in the Rugby World Cup

Wales flyhalf Gareth Anscombe missed the 2019 Rugby World Cup despite injury and almost suffered the same fate again four years later, but will start Saturday’s Pool C game against Portugal after missing all of his team’s warm-up games.

The New Zealand-born number 10, who can also play at full-back, injured his knee weeks before the tournament in Japan. This time it was his thumb that almost caused more World Cup trouble.

“I hit George (North) and hit his knee on the thumb,” Anscombe said of the injury he suffered during the team’s training camp in Turkey. “It didn’t look good at first and the initial prognosis was that surgery would probably be necessary.

“But fortunately the results of the scans were better than initially thought and it looked like there was a chance of making it right. I had to wear a cast for a month, which was difficult, but at least I could still walk.”

Anscombe admitted he had doubts at the time but said he was inspired by others who were fit for the tournament in France under time pressure.

“It’s hard to look too far ahead when you’re going through moments like that. There are so many what ifs, buts and maybes,” he said. “I had a night there in Turkey where I thought I was done again and it was devastating. You have some dark thoughts.

“But look at people like (South Africa captain Siya) Kolisi, who was out for a long time and put in an excellent performance in his first game back. It is possible. I know there’s always some ring rust.”

Gareth Anscombe missed the 2019 World Cup due to injury (David Davies/PA)

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Lawrence OstlereSeptember 16, 2023 1:48 p.m

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News about the Portuguese team ahead of the clash against Wales

Portugal had to make a late change to their team for this Rugby World Cup Pool C match against Wales, with Martim Belo replacing Jose Madeira in the second row.

Team officials did not give a reason for the move, as Thibault De Freitas was on the bench in place of Belo for the Nice game.

Portugal will be appearing in the tournament for the first time, which will be their second World Cup appearance since 2007. Wales beat Fiji 32-26 in their opening game on Sunday.

Updated Portuguese team: 15-Nuno Sousa Guedes, 14-Vincent Pinto, 13-Jose Lima, 12-Tomas Appleton (captain), 11-Rodrigo Marta, 10-Jeronimo Portela, 9-Samuel Marques, 8-Rafael Simoes, 7-Nicolas Martins, 6 -Joao Granate, 5-Steevy Cerqueira, 4-Jose Madeira, 3-Anthony Alves, 2-Mike Tadjer, 1-Francisco Fernandes.

Substitute: 16-David Costa, 17-Lionel Campergue, 18-Diogo Hasse Ferreira, 19-Martim Belo, 20-David Wallis, 21-Pedro Lucas, 22-Joris Moura, 23-Raffaele Storti.

Lawrence OstlereSeptember 16, 2023 1:37 p.m

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New Zealand needs to tighten discipline, warns Foster

All Blacks coach Ian Foster was delighted with New Zealand’s first win of the World Cup on Friday, but with the standards to which his team is held so high, there were just as many questions after the 71-3 win over Namibia to discipline like attempts.

After back-to-back defeats against South Africa and France in which the All Blacks’ forwards were overwhelmed at times, Foster was primarily pleased with the team’s position against a strong Namibia eight.

“We went out and obviously tried to establish ourselves, especially up front,” Foster said.

“I thought we got the dominance pretty early on which was the key to the game and allowed us to choose how we wanted to play after that.”

“Of course we are satisfied with the result and the performance, this is a step forward.”

Foster was rewarded for his selection by a good performance from scrumhalf Cam Roigard, who scored two tries and added another in his first Test start.

“He played really well and took his chances. It’s one thing to have a good attacking ball, but it’s another to make good decisions,” said the coach.

Cam Roigard scored two goals in the first six minutes to get the ball rolling for the All Blacks

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Lawrence OstlereSeptember 16, 2023 1:26 p.m

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