England vs Australia
Who? England vs Australia in the Rugby World Cup Quarter Final Stages (Live on ITV 1)
Where? Oita Stadium, Japan
When? 08:15 GMT, Saturday 19th October 2019
A hugely historic clash in the Quarter Final stages of the Rugby World Cup sees England take on Australia as the two Aussie coaches go head-to-head in Oita.
It has been a long time since England last took to the field because of Typhoon Hagibis. They called the game against France off, and therefore two weeks have passed since they played their last game against Argentina. England have won all SIX games under Eddie Jones since taking over as the England coach.
For Australia, they carry the underdog label going into this battle having not beaten England since 2015. The Wallabies could play their last game against Georgia on Friday, meaning only a week of rest, but maybe a week of match sharpness on England. Coach Michael Cheika was a teammate of Eddie Jones in their playing career, but the two go head-to-head once again as coaches.
England: 15 Elliot Daly; 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Manu Tuilagi, 11 Jonny May; 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Ben Youngs; 1 Mako Vunipola, 2 Jamie George, 3 Kyle Sinckler; 4 Maro Itoje, 5 Courtney Lawes; 6 Tom Curry, 7 Sam Underhill, 8 Billy Vunipola.
Subs: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Joe Marler, 18 Dan Cole, 19 George Kruis, 20 Lewis Ludlam, 21 Willi Heinz, 22 George Ford, 23 Jonathan Joseph.
Australia: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Reece Hodge, 13 Jordan Petaia, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Will Genia; 1 Scott Sio, 2 Tolu Latu, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 4 Izack Rodda, 5 Rory Arnold, 6 David Pocock, 7 Michael Hooper, 8 Isa Naisarani.
Replacements: 16 Jordan Uelese, 17 James Slipper, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Adam Coleman, 20 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 21 Nic White, 22 Matt To’omua, 23 James O’Connor.
England: Owen Farrell
It appears the captain will be one of three key players for England to cope with Australia’s threat. Alongside Man Tulagi and Henry Slade, the 10-12-13 combination will be important for coach Eddie Jones in dealing with the areas where Australia wants to exploit.
Australia: Jordan Petaia
The 19-year-old has been a surprise selection for Australia by coach Michael Cheika who will start at outside centre. The Aussie coach has full faith in the youngster who he believes is mature enough and strong enough to deal with such a big game and occasion. He only made his international debut at the start of the month.
In 50 games, Australia have won 25 and drawn once.
World Cup head-to-head stats see England and Australia record three wins each.
*odds as of October 17th at 17:31 GMT and subject to change
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