Australia vs England Reddit : England and Australia add another chapter to one of rugby’s greatest rivalries as the two sides meet in Oita for the quarter-final of the Rugby World Cup.
England’s final group game against France was cancelled due to the threat of Typhoon Hagibis, meaning Eddie Jones‘ side will not have played competitively for two weeks come kick-off at Oita Stadium. His side qualified comfortably for the quarter-finals, after thrashing Tonga and the USA, only conceding a collective 10 points.
Australia were rocked by Fiji in their opening group game, recovering from a sluggish start to launch a second-half fightback and secure a nail-biting victory. A thrilling 29-25 defeat by Wales followed, before Michael Cheika‘s side made amends with two lopsided victories against Uruguay and Georgia.
Teenager Jordan Petaia, who has won just two Test caps, comes in at centre for Australia, while Henry Slade has replaced George Ford in England’s starting XV.
What time is kick-off?
England vs Australia kicks off at 8.15am (BST) on Saturday 19th October.
How can I watch it?
The game will be broadcast live on ITV1.
The match will also be available to live stream via the ITV Hub on smartphones, laptops and tablets.
England: Daly; Watson, Slade, Tuilagi, May; Farrell (c), Youngs; M Vunipola, George, Sinckler; Itoje, Lawes; Curry, Underhill, B Vunipola.
Australia: Beale; Hodge, Petaia, Kerevi, Koroibete; Lealiifano, Genia; Alaalatoa, Latu, Sio; Arnold, Rodda; Naisarani, Hooper (c), Pocock.
England to win: 4/11
Australia to win: 3/1
Frenchman Jerome Garces, who will referee the match on Saturday, was criticised for being too lenient at the breakdown by some South African pundits in the wake of the Springboks’ defeat by New Zealand on the tournament’s opening weekend.
Hooper, whose side struggled with discipline early in the tournament, is confident the Wallabies can now work with whatever interpretation the Frenchman brings to the contest.
“I have observed the ruck being refereed a multitude of ways, not any one way in particular. So, it’s made it quite tricky there,” he said.
“How we start the start the game and definitely adapt to what is going on out there is pretty crucial for us.”