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Wales vs Portugal LIVE: Gatland’s side aim to build on hard-fought Fiji win

Wales will aim to build on their impressive win in their first game of the Rugby World Cup when they take on Pool C’s lowest-ranked team Portugal.

Warren Gatland’s side held onto their lead in a thrilling opener, surviving a late comeback from Fiji to win 32-26 in Bordeaux. 


Wales beat Fiji in their World Cup openerCredit: AFP

By winning that game, Wales are now in a great position to progress to the quarter-finals as one of the top two teams in the pool. 

They next face Portugal who have never won a World Cup game, losing all four clashes in their only other spell at the showpiece in 2007. 

Wales vs Portugal: Date and how to follow 

This Rugby World Cup Pool C clash will take place on Saturday, September 16. 

Kick-off at Stade de Nice is scheduled for 4:45pm UK time. 

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The game will be shown live on ITV in the UK. 

Fans can watch the game on TV or you can stream every minute through a laptop, smart TV or mobile device via ITVX.

talkSPORT will also have updates on all the action from Andrew McKenna. 

To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream.

You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

Gatland will be hoping his side build on the impressive win


Gatland will be hoping his side build on the impressive winCredit: Getty

Wales vs Portugal: Team news 

Wales Squad

Forwards: Nicky Smith, Gareth Thomas, Corey Domachowski, Tomas Francis, Dillon Lewis, Henry Thomas, Dewi Lake, Elliot Dee, Ryan Elias, Adam Beard, Dafydd Jenkins, Will Rowlands, Christ Tshiunza, Taine Basham, Dan Lydiate, Tommy Reffell, Jac Morgan, Taulupe Faletau,  Aaron Wainwright

Backs: Gareth Davies, Tomos Williams, Gareth Anscombe, Dan Biggar, Sam Costelow, Johnny Williams, Nick Tompkins, Mason Grady, George North, Josh Adams, Rio Dyer, Louis Rees-Zammit, Leigh Halfpenny, Liam Williams

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.

Biggar was not happy with North during the opener


Biggar was not happy with North during the openerCredit: AFP

Wales vs Portugal: What has been said?

During the win over Fiji, Wales’ Dan Biggar was pictured fuming at teammate George North. 

However, coach Gatland has backed up Biggar and called for his players to take responsibility if they make a mistake at the World Cup.

He said: “I didn’t have a problem with it. It’s about making people accountable. 

“There’s nothing wrong with players in terms of challenging each other. We want that as part of the group so that everyone is accountable.

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“For me, that peer pressure is huge in terms of that and taking responsibility. Those sort of criticism aren’t personal. We talk about it being a point of care.

“It’s about the team getting better and individuals getting better because we need to be comfortable with being critical.”

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