Portugal head coach Patrice Lagisquet has made four changes to his starting XV to face Australia in Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Étienne on Sunday 1 October. David Costa starts at loose-head prop, Martim Belo returns in the second row and blindside flanker David Wallis and number eight Thibault de Freitas (pictured) come into the back row.

1 David Costa 
2 Mike Tadjer 
3 Diogo Hasse Ferreira 
4 José Madeira 
5 Martim Belo 
6 David Wallis
7 Nicolas Martins 
8 Thibault de Freitas 
9 Samuel Marques 
10 Jerónimo Portela 
11 Rodrigo Marta 
12 Tomás Appleton (c) 
13 Pedro Bettencourt 
14 Raffaele Storti 
15 Nuno Sousa Guedes 

16 Francisco Fernandes 
17 Duarte Diniz 
18 Francisco Bruno 
19 Steevy Cerqueira 
20 Rafael Simões 
21 João Belo 
22 Joris Moura 
23 Manuel Cardoso Pinto

  • Head coach Patrice Lagisquet has made four changes, all in the forward pack, to his starting XV that drew 18-18 with Georgia last game.
  • David Costa earns his first start of RWC 2023, replacing Francisco Fernandes at loose-head. He has averaged only 26 minutes of game time at this tournament.
  • Martim Belo returns to partner Jose Madeira in the second row after playing 14 minutes off the bench last week.
  • There are two new faces in the back row with David Wallis and Thibault de Freitas joining Nicolas Martins in the starting XV for the first time at RWC 2023.
  • There are 18 survivors in the match-day team from their 30-17 loss against Australia A on 26 August, including 13 in the starting XV.
  • Nicolas Martins has not missed a tackle at RWC 2023, completing all 31 attempts, and one of only four players who a 100% success-rate from a minimum of 15 attempts.
  • Raffaele Storti became the first Portuguese player to score two or more tries in a match with a double against Georgia in their last pool game.