How Rugby League World Cup finals shape

THE NEXT ROUND OF RUGBY WORLD CUP GAMES

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4

Australia v Lebanon at Kirklees Stadium, Huddersfield, 7.30pm (6.30am Saturday AEDT)

* The Aussies have barely broken a sweat through the group stages but will narrow-in on their best 17 for the Lebanon game. Michael Cheika's Cedars pose a threat with their unorthodox style of strips and kicks and will look to Mitchell Moses and Adam Doueihi as their main attacking outlets.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5

England v Papua New Guinea at DW Stadium, Wigan, 2.30pm (1.30am Sunday AEDT)

* These two sides met in Melbourne in 2017 and while England will have hometown advantage, this Kumuls side have shown they can push anyone the distance. The battle between Justin Olam and England centre Kallum Watkins makes this compelling viewing but England's pack gives them the upper-hand.

New Zealand v Fiji at MKM Stadium, Hull, 7.30pm (6.30am Sunday AEDT)

* It was at this stage in 2017 that the Kiwis lost to Fiji and were bundled out in embarrassing fashion, spelling the end of David Kidwell's reign. Do not expect that kind of upset this time around because Michael Maguire's side look far too strong for the Bati. Fiji managed an unconvincing win over Scotland and do not look like making the semi-finals for a fourth-straight tournament.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6

Tonga v Samoa at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, 2.30pm (1.30am Monday AEDT)

* Can Matt Parish's star-studded Samoa side be shaken from their slumber? They have reached the last three quarter-finals and a meeting with their arch rivals should bring out the best in them. Tonga, meanwhile, have finally begun to hit their stride and should be at full strength for a mouthwatering all-Pacific battle.

SEMI-FINALS

Friday, November 11 - winner of Australia/Lebanon v winner of New Zealand/Fiji at Elland Road, Leeds.

Saturday, November 12 - winner of England/PNG v winner of Tonga/Samoa at the Emirates Stadium, London.