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Wales vs Georgia: Rugby World Cup 2019: What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?

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Wales coach Neil Jenkins passes on advice to full-back Liam Williams - REUTERS

What is it?

Wales vs Georgia in the Rugby World Cup. It is Wales' first game in Japan as they bid to make their mark on the biggest stage. 

When is it?

Monday, September 23. It will be played at the City of Toyota Stadium in the Aichi area of Japan.

What time is kick-off?

Kick-off is at 11.15am BST, 7.15pm in Japan.

What TV channel is it on?

All Rugby World Cup games are being broadcast live on ITV, with replays and a live stream available on the ITV Hub. Alternatively, you can follow all the action here with Telegraph Sport.

What is the latest squad news?

Wales

Warren Gatland's 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup features a blend of youth and experience with Alun Wyn Jones going to his fourth world cup later this month. Ken Owens and George North have both been to two World Cups before, whilst Rhys Carre has received just one cap previously. Sam Warburton retired prior to the World Cup but Wales still have some stars that they can count on. The likes of Dan Biggar, Jonathan Davies and Liam Williams could all be crucial in the upcoming games.

Georgia

Milton Haig's squad includes the likes of dependable scrum-halves Vasil Lobzhanidze and Gela Aprasidze alongside star forwards Levan Chilachava, Shalva Mamukashvili and Mikheil Nariashvili. Haig himself has proven to be a strong leader during his time with Georgia, and the New Zealander led Georgia to automatic qualification for the World Cup in Japan.

What is their head-to-head record?

Wales and Georgia have played each other just once in their history, a 13-6 win for Wales in November 2017. A tightly-contested match, that included its fair share of controversy, was decided by a Hallam Amos try along with two penalties and a conversion from Rhys Priestland.

What are they saying?

Warren Gatland on Wales' form in the warm-up matches:

"The competition starts now, there is no concern at all really. That's what these games are all about. We tried some things, different combinations and players. Now the competition starts and that's when we'll step up and be good at that. 

"There's probably a little bit of guys making sure they got on the plane too. You hold a little bit back and you work on a few things, that's important. These are warm-up games under our belts, not a Six Nations match where it matters about winning."

Georgia head coach Milton Haig:

"Our global aim is to improve our ability to compete with the best teams in the world, with the others at the top table. 

"(The aim is) automatic qualification to the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France."

What are the betting odds?

  • Wales to win: 1/40
  • Draw: 70/1
  • Georgia to win: 14/1

Read our guide on betings tips and latest odds.

What is our prediction?

Wales are the favourites for this one but Georgia have ambitions themselves, and are a country that is growing within the world of rugby. Wales to win is the obvious result but Georgia could put up a fight in their first game of the tournament. 

Score prediction: Wales 33 Georgia 10 

Read our expert's predictions for the tournament.