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.
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.
England to win: 4/11
Australia to win: 11/4
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.