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Live Reporting

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  1. Winner takes all - who will join France?

    For Ireland and Wales, their game against each other on Sunday will act as a straight knockout game, with the winner taking the remaining automatic spot for the World Cup in three years' time.

    France became the ninth team to qualify for the 2021 World Cup after winning their first two games against Wales and Ireland to secure a top-two qualification spot with a game to spare.

    They will win the European Championship if they avoid defeat against Scotland on Saturday in Carcassonne.

    Scotland and Sunday's losers will still have a chance to qualify for the tournament when they join four other European hopefuls in the last qualifying stage. Find out more about that below.

    Rhodri Lloyd
  2. France's coach takes nothing for granted

    France stand on the verge of the ninth European title in their history and their first since 2005, but their coach Aurélien Cologni still expects bottom of the table Scotland to come out fighting.

    "Actually the score (50-12 to Wales) was deceptive in Wrexham last Friday because the Scots played a great first quarter of an hour," said Cologni. "That surprised me, because neither Ireland nor Wales have managed that so far.

    "Then they fell apart a bit, perhaps because of a lack of preparation time. Playing that way requires a lot of energy, in terms of movement and repositioning, with so many dummy runs from the players.

    "So they blew up a bit physically, but I recall them being well set up, with a mobile pack," added Cologni, who named back row forward James Bell, second row Frankie Mariano, Nick Glohe and Kane Bentley as the main threats facing France this Saturday.

    "We would be wrong to think that victory is a foregone conclusion," said Cologni.

    Theo Fages
    Image caption: France's Theo Fages appeared in last year's World Cup and played for Super League shield winners St Helens last season.
  3. European Championship results and schedule

    All times are GMT and subject to change.


    Saturday 10 November

    France v Scotland (Carcassonne, 17:00)

    Sunday 11 November

    Wales v Ireland (Wrexham, 15:00)


    Saturday 27th October

    France 54-18 Wales - match report and watch on iPlayer

    Ireland 36-10 Scotland - match report

    Friday 2nd November

    Scotland 12-50 Wales - match report and watch on iPlayer

    Saturday 3 November

    Ireland 10-24 France - match report and watch on iPlayer

    European Championship table
  4. What happens to the bottom two?

    For the top two teams in the European Championship, the hard work is over and they can look forward to joining Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Tonga, Lebanon, Samoa and hosts England in the 2021 finals.

    For the bottom two teams, there's a lot more to be done. They have a second chance to make the finals in October-November 2019 when they join Italy, Russia, Spain and either Norway or Greece in the last qualifying tournament.

    Four teams will qualify for the finals from those six, so all is not lost for the European Championship losers.

    One more place will be decided in two weeks' time when Canada, Jamaica, USA and Chile play semi-finals and finals to decide one qualifier from the America region.

    The last place will be decided next year between the Americas runner-up, South Africa and the Cook Islands.

    Oscar Thomas
  5. Get Inspired: How to get into rugby league

    Get Inspired


    Rugby league is a fast and dynamic game, which involves great strength, stamina and skill, and is played through the summer, so no muddy pitches, or cold, wet training nights!

    With so many variations, you don't have to play the full version of the game to be part of it.

    Whatever your age, gender, fitness level or technical ability there is a version of rugby league that will suit you.

    What's next? Find your local club by using the RFL's club finder and find out more about rugby league with Get Inspired's handy guide here.

    Jamie Jones-Buchanan