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England vs Wallabies: Rugby World Cup quarter-final match result, highlights

19th October, 2019
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O. Farrell76
A. Watson75
O. Farrell72
O. Farrell65
O. Farrell50
O. Farrell46
K. Sinckler45
43C. Lealiifano
42M. Koroibete
40C. Lealiifano
O. Farrell29
25C. Lealiifano
O. Farrell22
J. May20
O. Farrell18
J. May17
11C. Lealiifano

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Match result:

The Wallabies have been bundled out of the World Cup by England, going down 40 points to 16 in a match that will be remembered for how close and yet how far Australia are off the top international pace at the moment.

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Final score
England 40
Wallabies 16

Match preview:

The Wallabies will take on the old enemy England in the first quarter-final of the Rugby World Cup.

After the carnival of the group stages the knockout stages promise to be the perfect combination of brutality, tension and excitement.

Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of what promises to be a thrilling match starting from 6:15pm AEDT on Saturday.

There has been so much written about these two teams ahead of this match. You’ve got the age old rivalry between Australia and England. You’ve got the younger but still passionate rivalry between Michael Cheika and Eddie Jones.


You’ve got selection dramas, gossip over referees, old scores to settle, young guns looking to make their mark and a World Cup semi-final place awaiting the winner.

For England the World Cup has gone according to plan. Unbeaten – and arguably untested – in all their group games and finding rhythm in most areas of their gameplay.

It’s surprised many therefore that Jones has made some key selection changes. George Ford can feel hard done by after three good performances at fly-half to now find himself on the bench as captain Owen Farrell takes off at No.10.

The backline for England is just like the one that caused Ireland so much trouble in the Six Nations earlier this year and the Wallabies defence will need to be well organised to cope.

Also surprising is Jones’ eagerness to bring back Mako Vunipola to the front row with the powerful prop having played less than hour of rugby since May.

In the back row England are starting two of the most exciting, young backrowers in world rugby today.

Sam Underhill and Tom Curry have been impressive with each test and will go up against the talent and experience of Michael Hooper and David Pocock.

The battle at the breakdown will be crucial and with speculation over how referee Jerome Garces will officiate this part of the contest it will be fascinating to see who can get the upper hand.


The Wallabies will look to their front five to challenge the traditionally powerful English pack and look for the Brumbies set piece style to employed whenever possible.

Not wanting to be outdone in the selection drama stakes, Cheika has made his own headlines with the selection of 19-year-old Jordan Petaia at outside centre.

It surprised many to see the growing partnership of Samu Kerevi and James O’Connor be split up and all eyes will be on whether Kerevi and Petaia can unlock the English.

It’s a bit of a death or glory moment for Cheika – if Petaia shines then the coach will be heralded as a genius.

If the Wallabies are on a flight home on Monday then Cheika might want to spend the flight time drafting his resignation letter.

The Wallabies will be hoping for strong guidance from their half backs. In Will Genia and Christian Leali’ifano they’ve certainly got experienced players but not an experienced partnership with these two having only started together once before in a test match.

Lots of new elements for the Wallabies then and you can’t help but wonder whether the knockout stages of the World Cup against England is really the time to try something new.

You can look at this game from so many different points of view and see a whole host of scenarios that could potentially play out. In the end it’s hard not to go with recent form and that’s where the English take it.


England to win by 5 points.

Whoever wins, let’s hope that the game is won by the best team and not as a result of a refereeing decision.

Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of what promises to be a thrilling match starting from 6:15pm AEDT on Saturday.

Where: Oita Stadium, Oita Prefecture
Date: Saturday October 19
Kick-off: 6:15pm AEDT
TV: Fox Sports
Betting: Australia $3.50, England $1.30

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

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

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

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


Referee: Jerome Garces
Assistant referees: Romain Poite, Mathieu Raynal
TMO: Ben Skeen

2019 World Cup Form
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