England vs Wallabies Live

England vs Wallabies Live : After a hit-and-miss group stage for the Wallabies, and a momentum building prelude to the knockout stages for the English, it is do-or-die as the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals get underway with a bumper clash between two of the oldest enemies in global sport.
Tournament play is misleading in a sense. A team that has played flawless rugby union in the group stages can be sent home courtesy of one poor 80-minute performance.

Alternatively, a side that has spluttered and puffed its way into knockout contention can finally see things click when it matters most, progressing one step closer to a piece of silverware.

Mario Itoje returns to the second row, and he has been a monster at this Rugby World Cup, despite only taking part in two matches to date.

Henry Slade comes in at outside centre, while Billy Vunipola has recovered from injury to take his spot at number eight.

England have a host of big, abrasive ball-carriers in Courtney Lawes, Vunipola, Itoje and Sam Underhill. If they keep the ball in tight, and play through their superior pack, the Australian’s will find it very difficult to win this match-up.

England
15 Elliot Daly, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Manu Tuilagi, 11 Jonny May, 10 Owen Farrell (c), 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Sam Underhill, 6 Tom Curry, 5 Courtney Lawes, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola

Replacements: 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

Wallabies
15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Reece Hodge, 13 Jordan Petaia, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Will Genia, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 David Pocock, 5 Rory Arnold, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Scott Sio

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

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