Australia v Portugal, Rugby World Cup 2023: when is it and how to watch on TV

Who is the referee?

Nika Amashukeli will take charge of this fixture. The Georgian, 28, is at his first Rugby World Cup, although he impressed at the 2019 World U20 Championship. Earlier this year, Amashukeli recalled in an interview with the Telegraph how he was once stabbed during an altercation after a match in Georgia.

How to watch on TV

ITV has exclusive broadcast rights to show the Rugby World Cup in the UK. This match will be on ITV4. 

Read Telegraph Sport’s analysis of the best TV commentators and pundits.

Radio commentary will be available only on the BBC, across Radio 5 Live, 5 Sports Extra and the BBC Sounds service. 

How do I get tickets?

Tickets for this match are still available (as of September 26) and can be purchased via the official Rugby World Cup ticket portal.

What is the recent history between the teams?

This will be the first meeting between the two sides.

What have been Australia’s pool other matches?

What are Portugal’s other pool matches?

Who is in the Australia squad?

Forwards: Angus Bell, Pone Fa’amausili, Zane Nonggorr, Blake Schoupp, James Slipper, Taniela Tupou, Matt Faessler, David Porecki, Jordan Uelese, Richie Arnold, Nick Frost, Matt Philip, Will Skelton (captain), Langi Gleeson, Tom Hooper, Rob Leota, Fraser McReight, Rob Valetini.

Backs: Issak Fines-Leleiwasa, Tate McDermott, Nic White, Carter Gordon, Lalakai Foketi, Samu Kerevi, Izaia Perese, Jordan Petaia, Max Jorgensen, Andrew Kellaway, Marika Koroibete, Mark Nawaqanitawase, Suliasi Vunivalu, Ben Donaldson, Josh Kemeny.

Who is in the Portugal squad?

Forwards: António Machado Santos, David Costa, Diogo Hasse Ferreira, Francisco Fernandes, Francisco Bruno, Anthony Alves, Duarte Diniz, Lionel Campergue, Mike Tadjer, Duarte Torgal, José Madeira, José Maria Rebelo Andrade, Steevy Cerqueira, Martim Belo, Nicolas Martins, Rafael Simões, João Granate, Thibault de Freitas, David Wallis.

Backs: João Belo, Pedro Lucas, Samuel Marques, Jerónimo Portela, Joris Moura, José Lima, Tomás Appleton, Pedro Bettencourt, Rodrigo Marta, Vincent Pinto, Manuel Cardoso Pinto, Raffaele Storti, Nuno Sousa Guedes, Simão Bento.

Australia full-back Andrew Kellaway expects Portugal to be “licking their lips” about facing the Wallabies after their humiliating 40-6 loss to Wales.

“Next week’s going to be a tough week, obviously,” said Kellaway, who played his first match of the tournament against Wales. “We’re hurting now and no doubt Portugal will have seen that and they’ll be licking their lips.

“For us, it’s about making sure we learn the lessons because there were some pretty hefty lessons there to learn but we’ve got to get on with it pretty quick because there’s another game coming up.”

Australia captain Will Skelton, who missed the Wales clash due to injury, has backed Australia’s under-fire head coach Eddie Jones. Asked why he believes Jones is still the right man for the job, Skelton said: “His long-term vision and what he wants Australian rugby to be back to, I think that is a positive.

“The way he is around the group. You see in the media he has his persona, but when you see him one-to-one, in front of the team, how he speaks, how he directs, the boys follow him and I do as well.

“He is a fantastic coach with a massive rugby IQ. We are learning every day when we are working with him.”


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