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.

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