Wales rebounded from losing its rugby Test series opener to Australia by beating the ACT Brumbies 25-15 in a midweek tour match.
New Zealand picked three rookies in a remodeled team for the first of three rugby Tests against Ireland, retaining just seven of the starting lineup from last year’s World Cup final victory.
Wales made one starting change for its Rugby World Cup semifinal against France on Oct. 15, choosing James Hook at fly-half after Rhys Priestland was ruled out with a shoulder injury.
France beat 14-man Wales 9-8 in their Rugby World Cup semifinal to become the first team to advance to the final after losing two pool matches.
The following is a roundup of stories from the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
James Hook scored 13 points to lead Wales past England 19-9 in an international rugby Test match in Cardiff.
South Africa opened its Rugby World Cup defense by coming back to beat Wales 17-16 and avoid the first upset of the 20-nation tournament in New Zealand. Australia and Ireland also began with victories.
Wales coach Warren Gatland named the following team to play Australia in the Rugby World Cup third- place playoff on Oct. 21 at Eden Park, Auckland:
Australia defeated Wales 21-18 to secure third place at the Rugby World Cup and avoid three losses at the four-yearly championship for the first time.
Wales kept alive its chances of advancing to the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals by beating Samoa 17-10 as England and France secured their second straight wins at the tournament.