England vs Wallabies

England vs Wallabies Live Stream Follow the latest updates live from the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals as England take on Australia for a place in the last four in Japan.

It has been eight long years since England last graced the knockout stage of a World Cup, and even longer since they progressed from the quarter-final stage, ramping up the magnitude of today’s encounter with the Wallabies.

Eddie Jones has made the big call to drop George Ford from the starting line-up and move Owen Farrell to fly-half, with Mako Vunipola and Courtney Lawes also returning, while Australia coach Michael Cheika hands 19-year-old Jordan Petaia only his third Test start at centre. With kick-off is scheduled for 8:15am BST, follow the live action below.

Welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of the Rugby World Cup, with the first quarter-final of the weekend pitting England against old rivals Australia for a place in the last four.

In what is set up to be a dramatic weekend of quarter-final action, we kick-off at the Oita Stadium with a clash that goes way back in rugby union history. England meet the Wallabies for the seventh time at a World Cup, and they do so as slight favourites with the bare minimum expectation that Eddie Jones’s side reach the semi-finals unscathed.

But Jones has put his neck on the line by making significant changes to his starting line-up, with George Ford dropped and Owen Farrell moving to fly-half to allow Henry Slade to come into the centres, while Mako Vunipola returns at prop and Courtney Lawes comes into the second row.

For Australia, Michael Cheika also makes a big call by handing 19-year-old Jordan Petaia his first Test start at centre in what is only his fifth professional match of the year, and Christian Lealiifano gets the nod at fly-half ahead of Matt Toomua and Bernard Foley.

Follow all the build-up to the match right here, with the day’s second quarter-final featuring New Zealand and Ireland at 11:45am BST.

When is it?

England vs Australia takes place on Saturday 19th October at Oita Stadium in Oita, Japan.
What time does it start?

The quarter-final kicks off at 4:15om Japan Standard Time, which is 9:15am BST.
How can I watch it?

Fans can watch the game for free on ITV1.

The match will also be available to live stream via the ITV Hub on smartphones, laptops and tablets.
Teams

England: Elliot Daly; Anthony Watson, Henry Slade, Manu Tuilagi, Jonny May; Owen Farrell, Ben Youngs; Mako Vunipola, Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler; Maro Itoje, Courtney Lawes; Tom Curry, Sam Underhill, Billy Vunipola.

Replacements: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Joe Marler, Dan Cole, George Kruis, Lewis Ludlam, Willi Heinz, George Ford, Jonathan Joseph.

Australia: Kurtley Beale; Reece Hodge, Jordan Petaia, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete; Christian Lealiifano, Will Genia; Scott Sio, Tolu Latu, Allan Alaalatoa; Izack Rodda, Rory Arnold; David Pocock, Michael Hooper, Isi Naisarani.

Replacements: Jordan Uelese, James Slipper, Taniela Tupou, Adam Coleman, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Nic White, Matt Toomua, James O’Connor.
Odds

England to win: 4/11

Australia to win: 11/4

Draw: 28/1
Prediction

England 25-17 Australia: England would have liked to have been able to test themselves against France, and will hope the gap between their last game and this quarter-final does not harm their chances of progressing.

Jones’ men have looked solid so far, though there is a feeling that the best is yet to come in Japan, and if they live up to that expectation against Australia, they will advance past a somewhat underwhelming side that they have beaten each time in their last six meetings.

Wallabies vs England

Wallabies vs England:  Live Stream Rugby World cup Quarter Final Wallabies captain Michael Hooper doesn’t have a worry in the world about how teenage rookie Jordan Petaia is going to cope with the pressure of playing England in their sudden death World Cup quarterfinal.

Senior Wallabies have been blown away by just how calm the 19-year-old Petaia so they’re far more worried about how they are coping, including the skipper.I can’t speak on behalf of those guys, I can speak on behalf of myself, but yeah I’m nervous,” said Hooper, who will be playing his 99th Test but feels like it’s the first time he pulled on the gold jersey.

I was nervous the first Waratahs game of the year, the first trial and I’m nervous now.It’s part of being a rugby player. You feel alive and ready to go.”Hooper said his nerves were more related to his excitement at the chance of playing England in such a big match, rather than the fear of losing, though he’s had plenty of experience of that.

It’s not a normal week. It’s a quarter-final and that’s great,” he said.How good is that, to be here and in this position with this opportunity.We’re feeling good, we’re ready.”Not everyone shares Hooper’s optimism. The bookies have England as odd-on favourites to win after beating the Wallabies in their previous six Tests over the past four years.

England fans would have gone, pfffft, no one will remember this stat. And anyway, the same thing will happen to lowly Japan in 2019 when they host the RWC, or so those fans they would have smugly assumed.

Nope, and nope.

We here in Australia will never forget this delightful little piece of history, and were thrilled when Japan — who have been the feelgood story of the tournament thus far at RWC 2019 — wrapped up their first ever quarter final berth by resoundingly beating Scotland.

So England, you’re still alone in your misery.

As for Saturday’s match, can Australia beat England? And if so, how?

“Australia has got to revisit their performance against the All Blacks in Perth, where they dominated possession and territory and played with incredible intensity,” iconic Network 10 rugby commentator Gordon Bray told 10 daily.

The All Blacks didn’t know what hit them that day, and that’s the level the Wallabies have got to be at, or even another rung up the ladder.

“The Wallabies do have a great record in World Cups, so if they can start well, there might be no stopping them.”

Bray said he fears England coach Eddie Jones, and believes his intrinsic knowledge of local conditions could be a big advantage.

Jones was of course the coach of the Japanese team which shocked the world at the 2015 World Cup when they beat South Africa in Brighton. That result was such a huge upset, they actually made a movie about it. It’s released later this month, and you can watch the trailer at the top of this story.

Incredibly, there will now be a re-match. Yes, Japan and south Africa meet in the quarter finals of RWC 2019 on Sunday evening.

Australia vs England

Australia vs England: Rugby World Cup Quarter Final The latest chapter in one of rugby’s great rivalries will be written on Saturday when England take on Australia.At stake is a place in the Rugby World Cup semi-finals, with England head coach Eddie Jones aiming to get one over on his homeland and former Randwick teammate Michael Cheika.

In fact, so long as Henry Slade was fit to replace him in the centres, I think it was inevitable.I feel for George Ford, who has started every match of this World Cup at 10, because he has played really well in Japan – but maybe his previous form in the big matches has counted against him.

In the handful of huge pressure games at international level in his career he has maybe slightly wobbled.It might be a bit harsh on him because he is further down the line and more confident now. But certainly in the past when he has played in knock-out games with big decisions, I would not have necessarily said he would be my first pick.

There was some surprise when England unveiled a team which saw in-form fly-half George Ford dropped to the bench and Owen Farrell moved back to fly-half from inside centre for this quarter-final clash.

It signals Jones’ desire to beef up the midfield to contain rampaging centre Samu Kerevi, not to mention restrict Australia’s ability to use the strike threat of wingers Reece Hodge and Marika Koroibete, and fullback Kurtley Beale.

Henry Slade comes in to partner Manu Tulagi in the centres, adding some extra go-forward with the ball in hand as well, following skipper Farrell’s shift into the halves and head coach Jones believes it is the perfect way to counter what England will be facing.

“Australia defend a certain way and we believe that those three players (Farrell, Tuilagi and Slade) can trouble their defence,” Jones said.Then, defensively, we feel like it’s a pretty strong 10-12-13 combination and we know that Australia is a high possession team, high phase team.That’s how they want to pay, that’s how their fans want them to play so there’s going to be a lot of defending in that area and we believe that those three guys are well equipped to handle it.”

Although the defensive side of his game is considered by some to be a weaknesses, it is worth noting Ford has a 100 per cent tackle success rate from the 11 he attempted during the pool stage and Jones insists he still has a part to play against Australia.I spoke to him and obviously he’s disappointed, but he knows his role in the team,” Jones said. “We’ve left a lot of good players, eight players, out of the squad of 31 and they’re all disappointed but he’s got a significant role for us to play.”

Pocock and Hooper will be well aware that their reputation is up for grabs and this game is going to get all their focus and then some.

In all of these quarter-finals you are going to get every last ounce of effort and experience – everything is going to be thrown out there. Nothing will be left to chance.

When you have built up to it for four years, nothing else matters. There are no warm-up games, there is no qualification from the pool. This is it. This is why they sacrificed themselves, why they have been playing for as long as they have and what they dreamt of from when they were at school.

You have got Pocock and Hooper who have been around the block, played some big games, but never won a World Cup. It will be their last chance.

Then you have got the young pretenders coming through who were probably inspired by Pocock and Hooper and now want to take their mantle.

England vs Australia

England vs Australia: Rugby World Cup 2019 The knockout stage of the Rugby World Cup gets underway on Saturday when England takes on Australia in Oita.There could hardly be a more fitting game to kick off proceedings in the quarterfinals and it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to suggest the rivalry between the two has defined the tournament’s history.

From Australia winning its first World Cup in England by defeating the hosts in the final in 1991 to England returning the favor 12 years later in Sydney courtesy of Jonny Wilkinson’s famous drop goal, England and Australia have delivered some the most iconic moments in World Cup history.

Those memories aren’t limited to the final act either. Think of England’s scrum dismantling Australia in the quarterfinals in 2007 or the Wallabies knocking England out of its own World Cup in at the group stages four years ago.

That result prompted England to radically change its course, appointing Eddie Jones—the man who led Australia to the 2003 final against England—with the firm objective of returning to the top of the world this year.

The Wallabies, meanwhile, went on to reach the final in 2015, but haven’t beaten the Old Enemy ever since.In Jones’ first season as England coach he led his team to a 3-0 series win in Australia and has defeated his home country in each of the last three campaigns.

Off the field, the 59-year-old has also held the upper hand, coming out on top of virtually every bout of verbal sparring with his Australian counterpart, Michael Cheika.

Jones added a hefty dose of fuel to the fire when he suggested that England would benefit from not having to play France in their final group game—the match was canceled because of Typhoon Hagibis—and would be fresher than Australia.

Verbal jousting aside, neither side has been completely convincing so far, though England has been more impressive than Australia.The 2003 winners topped Pool C with three wins in three games, before the game against France was canceled.

Australia, meanwhile, were sloppy in wins against Fiji and Georgia and narrowly lost to Wales, who frustrated the Wallabies by dominating them at the breakdown.That area of the game will be crucial on Saturday, when Cheika will hope Michael Hooper and David Pocock can inflict as much damage on England as they did four years ago.

The duo have a combined 180 caps and their experience could prove crucial against Tom Curry and Sam Underhill, whose combined caps tally stands at 28.The duo has impressed under Jones and they have again been picked to start, but the England coach has unexpectedly rolled the dice with his selection.

By far the biggest surprise is the omission of fly-half George Ford. One of England’s best performers at the World Cup, Ford has been dropped, with captain Owen Farrell moving from the No. 12 to the No. 10 role.Farrell has struggled for form and has only started at fly-half once since the Six Nations ended in March.

His move to No. 10 sees Henry Slade come in at outside center, while Manu Tuilagi moves to No. 12 as Jones reverted to the midfield trio he preferred during the Six Nations.Australia defend a certain way—we believe these three players can trouble their defense, and defensively we feel like it’s a pretty strong 10-12-13 combination,” Jones was quoted as saying by the BBC.

“We know Australia are a high possession team, they are a high phase team and that’s how they want to play.And so there’s going to be a lot of defending in that area, and we think those three guys are well equipped to handle it.”

Meanwhile, Mako Vunipola starts in the front row for the first time since May after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Here’s all you need to know ahead of Saturday.

When and where is the game?

England takes on Australia at Oita Stadium in Oita on Saturday, October 19.

Kick-off is scheduled for 4:15 p.m. local time (3:15 a.m. ET).
TV coverage

The game will be live both on NBCSN and on NBC Sports Gold—a single match pass for the latter costs $29.99.
Live stream

Fans can follow the action in several ways. Live streams will be available via NBCSportsGold.com and NBC will broadcast the matches on desktop, mobile tablet and connected devices.

Live streams will also be available via Apple and Android devices, as well as Amazon Fire TV and Roku and via fuboTV.
Series record

The two teams have played each other 50 times and the series is almost perfectly balanced, with Australia winning on 25 occasions and England prevailing 24 times.

England, however, has won the last six games against the Wallabies, including three straight wins in Australia.
Odds

According to Oddschecker, England is a 33/100 favorite, while Australia is a 13/5 underdog and the draw is at 30/1.