Wales’ Rugby World Cup campaign starts Sunday 20th September – keep up to date with all the latest news and fixtures, and check our Rugby World Cup 2015 page for more information.

Wales’ Rugby World Cup Record: P32 W18 D0 L14

1987 Third
1991 Pool stages
1995 Pool stages
1999 Quarter-finals
2003 Quarter-finals
2007 Pool stages
2011 Fourth

How they qualified: Automatically as one of the top 12 sides at RWC 2011.

Vital statistic: 12 – The record number of World Cup tries Wales scored against Namibia in the 2011 Rugby World Cup game. Wales won 81-7. They share the record with New Zealand and South Africa.

Did you know? George North is the youngest ever try-scorer in a World Cup, scoring two tries against Namibia in 2011, aged just 19 years and 166 days

If they were a celebrity… Robert Downey Jnr – Hugely talented performer, with an iron-clad defence but prone to temporary lapses of judgement

Odds: 18-1

Jonathan Davies

Top 14: French leave no easy option

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Sonny Bill Williams

Rugby World Cup 2015: Alternative Awards

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Skinstad: Boks have reasons for optimism

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Flying Fourie: South Africa's Fourie du Preez dives over for the winning try. (Photo: Getty Images)

World Cup 2015: South Africa 23 – 19 Wales

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Joel Stransky of South Africa scores the winning drop goal during the 1995 World Cup final match

Joel Stransky backs HITZ and the Springboks

Joel Stransky knows a thing or two about winning the Rugby World Cup and the former South Africa fly-half believes Wales’ quest to do exactly that will end this weekend

Back in the groove: Fourie du Preez sets up an attack against Samoa. (Photo: Getty Images)

Fourie du Preez – the comeback king

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Wales v Australia

Wales v Australia – Five things we learnt

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