France and Japan are both yet to lose a match ©Getty Images

Defending champions Japan and France concluded the group stage of the World Wheelchair Rugby Championship here in flawless fashion as they set the tone for the knockout round phase in Vejle in Denmark.

Due to winning every match, both teams progressed through the tournament top of their respective groups.

With just one game remaining, Japan overcame Australia, the runners-up from the 2018 edition, 54-50 in Group B at the DGI Huset Recreational Centre.

Despite the loss, Australia had already cemented their position in second after winning four consecutive matches.

They beat Colombia, who finished fifth with one win, 54-42 earlier in the day.

Canada sealed back-to-back victories to advance in third.

Initially they handed bottom-side Brazil a 59-41 defeat before edging past Denmark 58-56.

Despite the defeat, the hosts successfully reached the last eight after finishing fourth in the group.

Meanwhile, in Group A, France comprehensively beat Germany 60-46 to confirm their top seed spot.

This was the Germans second loss of the day as New Zealand earlier registered a 50-46 triumph over them.

The defeat to New Zealand was crucial as the Kiwis concluded the group in fourth and two points in front of their opponents, who finished fifth.

The United States were the group runners-up after sweeping aside Switzerland 54-35 before taking a statement victory over Paralympic champions Britain.

The match ended 55-49 in favour of the Americans.

Switzerland ended the tournament bottom of Group A having failed to pick up a win.

Quarter-final matches are scheduled to be held tomorrow as the World Wheelchair Rugby Championship begins to enter its climactic stages.