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Wales 2011 World Cup dates announced

South Africa captain John Smit celebrates winning the 2007 World Cup
South Africa captain John Smit celebrates winning the 2007 World Cup

Organisers have announced Wales' 2011 World Cup Pool D matches will all be early morning games.

Wales open against holders South Africa in Wellington at 0930 BST on Sunday, 11 September before a 0430 BST kick-off to play Samoa in Hamilton on 18 September.

The 2008 Grand Slam winners will face Namibia at 0730 BST in New Plymouth on Monday, 26 September.

A clash with Fiji back in Hamilton will conclude Wales' pool games at 0600 BST on Sunday, 2 October.

Coach Warren Gatland will be pleased his men will enjoy sufficient rest periods between their group games.

If the Welsh do qualify through the group stages as runner-up of Group D, they will face Pool C winners - possibly Australia or Ireland - in Wellington at 0600 BST on Saturday, 8 October.

But if Wales shock South Africa and win Pool D, they will face Pool C runners-up in Wellington on Sunday, 9 October at 0600 BST.

The final at Auckland's Eden Park will be played at 0900 BST on Sunday, October 23, 2011.

Pool A
New Zealand, France, Tonga, Americas 1, Asia 1

Pool B
Argentina, England, Scotland, Europe 1, play-off winner

Pool C
Australia, Ireland, Italy, Europe 2, Americas 2

Pool D
South Africa, Wales, Fiji, Oceania 1, Africa 1

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