Rugby World Cup 2011
Quarter-final line-up complete
ESPNscrum Staff
October 3, 2011

Ireland's 36-6 victory over Italy in their pivotal Pool C clash in Dunedin on Sunday evening saw Declan Kidney's men claim the final berth in the quarter-finals of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

The Irish progress as winners of their group for the first time in their history and, by pipping Tri-Nations champions Australia to top spot, they have ensured that the northern hemisphere's finest will line up on one side of the draw for the knockout stages with their southern hemisphere rivals on the other.

Indeed, Ireland will now face Wales, runners-up in Pool D, in the last eight in Wellington next Saturday, before England, who saw off Scotland to seal top spot in Pool B, will tackle Pool A runners-up France in Auckland later that night.

Sunday's action will kick off with the mouth-watering match-up between the Wallabies and defending champions South Africa, who have marched ominously into the knockout stages on the back of four successive wins in Pool D.

The All Blacks, meanwhile, will put their 100 percent record on the line in Auckland on Sunday evening when they face Argentina, who secured second place in Pool B with a hard-fought win over Georgia on Sunday.

Elsewhere, while Tonga, Scotland, Italy and Samoa are all heading home early, the can at least take some consolation in the fact that by finishing third in their respective pools, they have ensured that they will not have to qualify for the 2015 World Cup in England.

Rugby World Cup 2011 Quarter-Finals:

Saturday, October 8
Ireland v Wales
England v France

Sunday, October 9
Australia v South Africa
Argentina v New Zealand

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