2019 Rugby World Cup – England vs Australia Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is England vs Australia taking place? Saturday 19th October, 2019 – 08:15 (UK)’

Where is England vs Australia taking place? Oita Bank Dome, Oita

What is the expected weather for England vs Australia? Cloudy, 23c

What television channel is England vs Australia on? This match will be televised live on ITV and this schedule should tell you which channel it is on

Where can I stream England vs Australia? This match can be streamed via the ITV Hub

Where can I get tickets for England vs Australia? https://www.rugbyworldcup.com/tickets

What was the score in the last meeting between England and Australia? England 37-18 Australia

THE TEAM NEWS

ENGLAND

  • England were able to advance as Pool C winners after their final game with France was called off because of Typhoon Hagibis but they will be disappointed with that outcome and would have preferred to play the French to give them a real test ahead of this quarter-final.
  • Eddie Jones has some tough decisions to make regarding the make-up of his England side with Jack Nowell pushing for a start on the wing whilst several other players will feel positions are up for grabs but the postponement against France may have prevented some from proving their worth.
  • England have one big injury doubt ahead of this quarter-final with Billy Vunipola in a race against time to prove his fitness following the ankle injury he collected against Argentina but his brother Mako should be fit enough to start his first game of the tournament.

AUSTRALIA

  • Australia were underwhelming but got the job done against Georgia as they sealed second place in Pool D and a tie with England although they know big improvements are needed following a poor showing during the pool stages.
  • The Wallabies have gone through several different pairings in the halves with none really standing out in the tournament so far and that will be the big decision that Michael Cheika has to make if his side are to be successful.
  • Elsewhere in the side, Michael Hooper and David Pocock are going to have to be at their very best to avoid crashing out at the first hurdle of the knockout stages with Australia set to rely heavily on the flankers to lead the way on both sides of the ball.

THE PREDICTION

The postponement of the England and France game could be a blow to the former's chances as they head into the quarter-finals potentially undercooked. That being said, the Wallabies looked poor for most of the pool stage and with six losses in a row against England, they face an uphill task to progress. England will certainly fancy their chances in this one but must get off to a strong start which will knock the confidence of the Wallabies and allow them to prevail.

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