Wales head coach Warren Gatland has named his match-day 23 to face Australia in Pool C in Lyon on Sunday, 24 September, with co-captain Dewi Lake not in the XV or among the replacements in an otherwise expected line-up.

1 Gareth Thomas
2 Ryan Elias 
3 Tomas Francis
4 Will Rowlands
5 Adam Beard 
6 Aaron Wainwright
7 Jac Morgan (c)
8 Taulupe Faletau
9 Gareth Davies 
10 Dan Biggar 
11 Josh Adams 
12 Nick Tompkins 
13 George North 
14 Louis Rees-Zammit 
15 Liam Williams 

16 Elliot Dee 
17 Corey Domachowski 
18 Henry Thomas 
19 Dafydd Jenkins 
20 Taine Basham 
21 Tomos Williams 
22 Gareth Anscombe 
23 Rio Dyer

•    Head coach Warren Gatland has recalled 12 players from Wales' opening match against Fiji after being rested last game. Only Taulupe Faletau, Louis Rees-Zammit and captain Jac Morgan remain from their last game against Portugal. 
•    Adam Beard will earn his 50th test cap for Wales after celebrating his 50th international cap last game following one test for the British and Irish Lions in 2021. 
•    Dan Biggar enjoys an 87% RWC career success-rate from the kicking tee, missing just six attempts in total across 11 games played. 
•    Gareth Davies scored a try against Australia at RWC 2019, and is one of nine survivors in this match-day from their 29-25 victory in Tokyo, including five of the seven starting backs: Dan Biggar, Liam Williams, George North, Josh Adams are the others.
•    George North has played 15 tests against Australia, 12 for Australia and three for the British and Irish Lions on their 2013 tour, where two of his five career tries against the Wallabies were scored. 
•    Taulupe Faletau has missed just one tackle at RWC 2023, completing 19 of 20 attempts.