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What is it?

England vs Australia in the first quarter-final of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

England came top of Pool C after beating Tonga, the USA and Argentina before having their final match against France cancelled. Australia came second in Pool D after losing to Wales despite beating Fiji, Uruguay and Georgia.

When is the match?

Today – Saturday October 19.

What time is kick-off?

8.15am (BST) in Oita Stadium, Oita.

What TV channel is it on?

This one is on ITV, NBC, TSN and more.

What is the latest squad news?

England

England’s injury concerns focus on Billy and Mako Vunipola, Jack Nowell and Henry Slade. All four are expected to be available for selection on Saturday.

However when England staged a full pace training match during the time slot where they were due to play France, both Billy Vunipola and Nowell did not participate.

England are expected to select George Ford and Owen Farrell to start alongside each other in the midfield.

Australia

Reece Hodge is available to play for Australia after receiving a three match ban for a high tackle during their first match of the tournament against Fiji. His selection is far from guaranteed with competition from Jordan Petaia and Dane Haylett-Petty to start in the back three alongside Kurtley Beale and Marika Koroibete.

However there are injury concerns over Beale who sustained a nasty head injury against Georgia. The fullback’s availability is in doubt.

The biggest selection dilemma facing Michael Cheika is at fly-half. Christian Lealiifano, Bernard Foley and Matt To’omua have all started at 10 in the tournament so far. The choice is expected to be between Lealiifano and To’omua but there more experienced Foley could come into the reckoning.

What are they saying?

England scrum-half Ben Youngs:

“Australia are very clever in how they attack and I have always found them challenging in that aspect,” Youngs said.

“That game in 2015 was one where they came up with a play we had never seen before – Bernard Foley comes around and plays it back inside to Kurtley Beale.

“You think they are going to do one thing and they do something completely different. It’s important we prepare for that.

“I like the way they play with their attacking mindset – and off the back of that you always get chances.

“We haven’t shown a huge amount in any of our games. Against America and Tonga we kept it pretty low-key. Against Argentina we had a bit more in the playbook but again didn’t need to show our hand.

“We will make sure we are right and ready to go and have things we haven’t had to use yet.

“You know that there are certain areas of the game you are strong against Australia. That record gives you belief but we won’t read too much into it.”

Australia head coach Michael Cheika:

“I saw that he was saying that would be an advantage and that the typhoon gods were smiling on him,” Cheika said.

“So I suppose they better win — they’ve had the best preparation according to their coach, so they better go out there and win.”

Cheika was also asked whether England’s six-match winning streak would make them favourites for the expected quarter-final clash, which will take place in Oita next Saturday.

“I don’t know what relevance it will have — I don’t know if it’ll have any. I don’t really care to be honest,” he said.

“The only relevance is Saturday. That’s pretty much about it, it doesn’t matter who’s had a week off, who’s had a week on, who’s been resting, who hasn’t. “It’ll all come down to what happens on kick-off.”

What is the head-to-head record of both sides?

England and Australia have met on 50 occasions, with Australia winning 25 times, England winning 24 with one draw back in 1997.

Under Eddie Jones England have assumed dominance over Australia winning the last six meetings.

What are the betting odds?

  • England to win: 1/3
  • Australia to win: 13/5
  • Draw: 25/1

What is our prediction?

England have had the edge on Australia in recent times but have not really been tested at this tournament. Australia have played well in patches but look inconsistent. England’s forwards will have just too much in Oita.

Source: telegraph.co.uk

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