How are the World Cup quarter-finals shaping up?

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Hosts: England Dates: 15 October to 19 November
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Seven sides have confirmed their spots in the Rugby League World Cup quarter-finals.

Host nation England were the only team through after two rounds of fixtures and they were joined in the last eight on Friday by New Zealand, who beat Ireland 48-10 for a 100% winning record in Group C.

Australia and Fiji joined them in the knockout stages after wins on Saturday and on Sunday they were joined by Tonga, Lebanon and Samoa with the final spot to be decided when Papua New Guinea take on Wales on Monday.

It means the quarter-final line-up is as follows:

FixtureDate, time and venue
Australia v LebanonFriday, 4 November (19:30 GMT, John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield)
England v TBCSaturday, 5 November (14:30 GMT, DW Stadium, Wigan)
New Zealand v FijiSaturday 5 November (19:30 GMT, MKM Stadium, Hull)
Tonga v SamoaSunday 6 November (14:30 GMT, Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington)

The semi-finals will be played on 11 and 12 November with Australia or Lebanon facing new Zealand or Fiji in the first match and England or TBC playing Tonga or Samoa in the second.

Group A

World Cup Group A

England are through to the quarter-finals as Group A winners after three convincing victories and they will play the team that finishes second in Group D in their last-eight tie.

Samoa joined them after they came through their final group decider against France, winning 62-4 in Warrington on Sunday to set up a a Pacific showdown with Group D winners Tonga.

Greece, competing in their first World Cup, have been eliminated along with the French.

Group B

Group B

Holders Australia are through as Group B winners after handsome wins over all three of their group-stage opponents.

Fiji advanced as runners-up after beating Scotland in their final group fixture on Saturday, and will play New Zealand in the last eight.

Group C

Completed Group C World Cup table

New Zealand advanced as Group C winners after a 10-try win over Ireland on Friday.

Lebanon joined them in the last eight after a comfortable 74-12 win over tournament debutants Jamaica on Sunday.

The win for the Cedars ended Ireland's slim hopes of advancing to the quarter-finals and they and Jamaica exit the tournament.

Group D

World Cup Group D table with one match remaining

Tonga reached the quarter-finals as Group D winners after they thrashed the Cook Islands 92-10 at the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough.

Barring an unlikely swing in points difference, Papua New Guinea will join them in the last eight.

PNG face Wales in their final group match on Monday with Wales needing to win by at least 22 points.

Remaining fixtures:

Monday, 31 October - Papua New Guinea v Wales (19:30 GMT, BBC Two & BBC Radio 5 Sports Extra) - Eco-Power Stadium, Doncaster

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