Scotland remain on course to clinch the European Championship despite going down to a 38-22 loss to France in Galashiels.
France coach Richard Agar was disappointed after his side missed out on a place in the next Four Nations Series.
Scotland remain on course for a place in the 2016 Four Nations Series after a 25-4 win over Ireland in Dublin.
It will be master against apprentice when Wales do battle with France in their must-win European Championship clash.
William Barthau has been ruled out of France's must-win European Championship match against Wales with a knee injury.
Ireland made a winning start to the European Championship as they shocked favourites France 22-12 at Tallaght Stadium.
World Cup quarter-finalists Scotland are up to 11th in the latest world rugby league rankings announced on Friday.
England are safely through to the World Cup semi-finals after a 34-6 victory over France at Wigan's DW Stadium.
Steve McNamara was far from impressed with England's performance despite their 34-6 win over France at the DW Stadium.
England face France in Wigan on Saturday as they bid to reach the last four of the World Cup.
Kevin Sinfield says the sudden-death nature of the Super League play-offs will help England in the Cup's knock-out phase
Samoa will play Fiji in the quarter-finals of the Rugby League World Cup following a 22-6 victory over France.
France coach Richard Agar insists his side will need to find a big improvement if they are to topple England.
France captain Olivier Elima is hoping to make home advantage count when his side meet Samoa in Perpignan on Monday.
Steve McNamara says he is expecting a stern challenge from France in Saturday's World Cup quarter-final at Wigan.
Shaun Johnson contributed 24 points, including two tries, as New Zealand crushed Pool B rivals France 48-0 in Avignon.
New Zealand coach Stephen Kearney insisted his side still have room for improvement despite thrashing France 48-0.
France captain Captain Olivier Elima is looking forward to locking horns with New Zealand in Avignon on Friday.
France take on reigning champions New Zealand in both sides' second Rugby League World Cup fixture in Avignon on Friday.
Richard Agar was a relieved man after France edged out Papua New Guinea while counterpart Adrian Lam had mixed emotions.