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With no surprises, 8 teams left at Rugby World Cup

By John Pye

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Oct. 3 2011 10:45 a.m. MDT

South Africa's rugby coach Peter de Villiers, right, and captain John Smith listen to reporters questions during a press conference at Rugby World Cup, Monday, Oct. 3, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand.

Junji Kurokawa, Associated Press

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — The Rugby World Cup is down to eight teams, with no surprises among the quarterfinalists and the stage set for a Northern Hemisphere vs. Southern Hemisphere final.

Defending champion South Africa will face Australia at Wellington on Sunday night. The meeting, between the only two-time World Cup winners, hadn't been expected until Ireland beat the Wallabies on Sept. 17.

Ireland plays Wales in Wellington on Saturday. England and France meet later that night in Auckland, on the eve of the Southern Hemisphere double-header involving top-ranked New Zealand against 2007 semifinalist Argentina and No. 2-ranked Australia against No. 3 South Africa.

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