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Classic times

Champions: France, the Plate winners, and New Zealand, the Classic final winners, will both be back to defend their titles in November. (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

The schedule for the World Rugby Classic has set up the possibility of a South Africa against New Zealand semi-final, with the winners likely to meet either the Classic Lions or Argentina in the final.

Argentina and France begin proceedings in the first game on Sunday, November 8, with Canada and the Classic Lions immediately afterwards.

Monday has South Africa taking on the United States in the first game at 7.15pm, with Italy playing New Zealand at 8.30pm.

As usual the finals will be on the closing Saturday, with the Plate final at 7.15pm and the Classic final at 8.30pm.